About Uppåkra

Foto: LUHM

Foto: LUHM

Uppåkra

The first excavations in Uppåkra took place in 1934. Cultural layers, remnants from generations of human activity, were found when the foundation to a house was laid. For many years, Uppåkra was something of a place of legends for archaeologists. But it was not until 1996 that the site became relevant for archaeological excavations once again.Since then it has become clear that Uppåkra is a site out of the ordinary.

Tolkning i 3D av Fredrik Wirbrand

Tolkning i 3D av Fredrik Wirbrand

Graves from the Stone and Bronze Ages tell us that the place was already considered special four thousand years ago. However, it is Uppåkra’s Iron Age settlement that has received the most attention. From the first century BC to the 11th century AD, a dense settlement sprawled over what is cultivated land today. The settlement must have been an impressive sight in the landscape of the past. Longhouses, workshops, storehouses and cattle pens covered an area of about 100 acres. People from far and near met here to exchange goods and ideas. Uppåkra’s soil has yielded finds such as coins, jewellery and glassware from as far away as Iraq and Uzbekistan. But Uppåkra was not just a place for trading and crafting. It was also a seat of power for a ruling aristocracy. This is implied via an impressive hall building where the rulers of Uppåkra might have lived. Next to the hall was an unusually tall building that seems to have been used for important ceremonies. Burned-down houses, war sacrifices and remnants from feasts have been found close by. This was the centre of things, in every sense.

Foto: LUHM

Foto: LUHM

The settlement seems to have lost much of its importance and size after the 11th century. A number of medieval farmsteads, graves, and possibly a stave church shows that Christianity had made its entrance. But exactly what happened is still a mystery. The founding of Lund a few kilometres north of Uppåkra might provide an answer. Lund was founded around 990 AD. Uppåkra and Lund might have coexisted for a short period of time. Lund gradually overtook Uppåkra’s old role as the power centre in the region. Perhaps the answer can be found in the founding of Lund, a few kilometres north of Uppåkra. The town was founded around 990 AD, and coexisted with Uppåkra for a short time. Perhaps Lund took over Uppåkra’s role as the power centre in the region. The finds help us to better understand the people that once lived here. Vast amounts of finds and remains are still waiting to be found in the earth – only a small fraction of the site has been excavated so far. For every excavation made, and through the research done, our view of this unique place continues to improve.

 

 

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Guided tours/Guidade visningar 2016

Guided tours in English: Thursdays at 12.30 pm during June, July and August.

Admission: 40 SEK. Children 0-18 free of charge. A guided tour takes about one hour. No pre-booking necessary. To book a guided tour in English or German (1500 SEK) call +46709351250 or e-mail ulrika.randver@uppakra.se.

June 11 – August 31
Guided tours in Swedish 11am and 2pm* Wed-Sun
*Family guided tour at 2 pm June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27

August 28 Archaeology Day
Guided tours, activities and festivities.

September 1-30
Guided tours in Swedish at 2pm Tue-Sat

September 11 Cultural Heritage Day
Guided tour in Swedish 14 pm.

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June 11-August 31: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm

Sept 1-Oct 1: Tue-Sat 1-4pm

Cultural Heritage Day, Sept 11: 12-16pm

 

 

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Would you like to know more?

Uppåkra – a future Archaeological Science Center

During the autumn-winter in 2011, the UAC did a feasibility study on the future Archaeological Science Center in Uppåkra. A summary of the report can be found here.

Lund University Historical Museum

See the finds from Uppåkra at the Historical Museum in Lund.

http://www.luhm.lu.se

Department of Archaeology and Ancient History

For those who want to immerse yourself in archeology, and in the research of Uppåkra conducted at the University of Lund.

http://www.ark.lu.se