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Early Christian Graves in Sigtuna

Featured image: Sigtuna (Wikipedia | Brorsson | CC-BY-SA 3.0).

Sigtuna was a trading town on the banks of Lake Mälaren. Its demographics suggest it was a thriving town of international importance (see Sigtuna’s International Demographics).

Earlier this year, archaeologists excavated the building site of a new house in Sigtuna. They discovered seven burials of four adults and four children. All aspects of the graves signal early Christianity, among others the bodies facing east to west and the silver coins probably placed in a deceased’s mouth. At the same time, these differ from other early Christian graves found in Sigtuna. There are signs of wooden coffins (iron nails visible inside), and the graves are lined by and topped with stones. One burial even resembles a stone cist. The final burial of interest is that of two children of the same age. They are thought to be twins who died during a miscarriage. Read the article on LiveScience and the piece on The History Blog.

More research is currently done on the burials, the grave goods and the skeletons. Hopefully, this is published soon and, of course, you will read it here on The Viking Age Archive!

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