EXCURSION SUGGESTIONS

EXCURSION SUGGESTIONS IN THE UPPÅKRA VICINITY
The area around Uppåkra is rich in settlements, graves, and archaeological remains. There is almost certainly still much left in the farmlands. Here we describe some interesting places to explore that are close to or connected to the central site of Uppåkra. Take the opportunity for a walk or a bicycle ride to these spots when you are visiting Uppåkra.

GULLÅKRA MOSSE – VISIT AN ANCIENT SACRIFICIAL SITE

Gullåkra Mosse is situated at the outskirts of the town of Staffanstorp. The largest part of Gullåkra Mosse is comprised of meadows and grazing pasture. It is well worth a visit to take a stroll, to enjoy the diverse fauna, fine paths and a bird tower. The distance from Uppårka is about 5 minutes by auto or 10-15 minutes by bicycle. Gullåkra Mosse was most likely a sacrificial site for Uppåkra’s earliest inhabitants. In this peat moss we have found exciting objects, including a neck ring with Celtic-style ornamentation. The name Gullåkra comes from the word ‘gold’ and perhaps implies that the farmlands around this bog was particularly fertile. The name can also refer to what was found in the bog at the time. The spring that provides Gullåkra with water has long been seen as having health benefits.

The most famous find from the peat bog is a bonze horn discovered in the 19th century. The horn is not from Uppåkra’s heyday, but rather from an earlier period, the Bronze Age. Even weapons and other objects have been found, some dating back to the Stone Age.

THE UPPÅKRA RUNE STONE – FROM THE VIKING AGE

The Uppåkra Stone (also called the Hjärup Stone) is a rune stone standing in Stenhögsgårds garden on a street in Härup. The address is Hjärupsgata 26, and is about a 20 minute walk from Uppåkra.

The stone is 1.4 metres high and positioned on a small rise in the garden. Originaly the stone stood 200 metres from its present location, but was moved in the 19th century. It is carved on both sides. Translated to modern English, the stone reads: “Namne raised this stone for Toke, his brother, who died in the west”. That is to say, the stone is a memorial to Toke, who died on a Viking voyage in the west; very possibly this could have been the British Isles.

On the other side of the street, on an empty lot, archaeologists have found a very large farmstead from the Viking period, dated between 950 and 1050 AD Dominating the farmstead was a longhouse, 42 metres long by 8 metres wide, shaped somewhat like a ship. The discovery of several high-status remains have been reinforced the idea that people from the elite strata of society lived here.

HÖJE STREAM – WALK ALONG AN ANCIENT

WATERWAY

There are impressions that the small streams around present-day Lund and Malmö were navigable for ships during the Viking era. This was probably not the case, however. Höje stream was too shallow for larger craft, but could carry smaller boats and – in winter, when frozen – sleds. Thus it was able to serve as a transport route from the harbour in Lomma to Uppåkra. There were even small villages and farmsteads along the stream.

One can have a fine stroll on the gravel path along the strea, from St. Lars Park going northwest, past Källeby. The village Källeby no longer exists; it has been replaced by a purifying plant and the Lund residential area of Klostergården. But the grounds around Källeby down towards Hölje stream are rich in archaeological remains, contemporary with Uppåkra. Among other things researchers have found many graves and remains from the Iron Age.

HIKE ALONG THE OLD LUND MAIN TRAIL

Come along on an exciting hiking adventure that stretches across both space and time. The Old Lund Main Trail is an historical hiking path close to towns, running between Uppåkra, Lund, and Dalby. The trail is thus a triangle in the landscape, comprising in total 36 kilometres on foot. It is divided into three one-day stages, with good connections to public transportation. Maps and brochures are available at Uppåkra Arhaeological Centre. We also have a map here on our website that you can download:

Karta Lundalandsleden

About the Old Lund Main Trail

The Old Lund Main Trail takes you over a time span of several thousand years, up to modern society of the present. It encompasses cultural as well as beautiful natural highlights. We move from the pre-historic Uppåkra, an power centre during the Iron Age, to the founding of Lund, and on to Dalby, which was an early bishop domain with monastic activities. These places were tied together by an historic weave, by the structures visible above ground as well as riches hidden in the earth.

The stretches between Uppåkra-Lund and Lund-Dalby largely follow the Pilgrims’ Way Skåne Blekinge that links together the pilgrimage shrines of

Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Vadstena in Sweeden and Nidaros in Norway,  www.pilgrimsvagen.se.

HIKE ALONG THE KNOWLEDGE TRAIL (Kunskapsstråket)

“From the Uppåkra of the past to the future with ESS – the Knowledge Trail”

Hiking between Uppåkra and Lund: with the help of the app the Time Machine we will take you on a trip from the Iron Age settlement of Uppåkra, through medieval Lund and its cathedral, and on to the world’s most powerful neutron source – ESS. The excursion “From the Uppåkra of the past to the future with ESS – the Knowledge Trail” was launched in 2015.

Practical information

-Download the app Time Machine via the App Store or Google Play. In the search field you can choose between a number of guided tours; select ‘The Knowledge Trail’.

-Keep in mind that the app Time Machine uses battery power. We suggest therefore that you use just use the app at points of hiking information, and in between use the map for orientation. The map is available here to download, as well as at Uppåkra at Uppåkra Archaological Center.

-The trail is ca. 11 kilometres and takes about 4 hours to walk.

– If you do not have access to a smartphone you can even download a short version of the ‘The Knowledge Trail’ here:

Förkortad version Tidsmaskinen.

You can find the map here:
Karta_Uppåkra_till_ESS_A4_1_30000_Engelsk

MUSUEMS IN THE AREA THAT FURTHER HIGHLIGHT THE PERIOD WHEN UPPÅKRA WAS THE CENTRAL SITE OF THE REGION

Lund University Historical Museum: www.luhm.lu.se. 
Sweden’s second largest archaeological museum.
Distance to Uppåkra, 6 km.

Kulturen in Lund: Kulturen.com 
The exhibit Metropolis describes life in medieval Lund.

Distance to Uppåkra, 6 km.

Lund Cathedral: lundsdomkyrka.se.
Distance to Uppåkra, 6 km.

Drottens church ruins: DrottensKyrkoruin
Ruins from Lund’s first en efter Lunds första stavkyrka.
Distance to Uppåkra, 6 km.

Malmö Museums: malmo.se/museer
Exhibit about the middle ages, plus exhibit on ancient times in progress.
Distance to Uppåkra, ca. 15 km. (NB: best to check what are the current exhibits).

The Viking Village in Löddeköpinge: www.vikingatider.se 
Open air museum.
Distance to Uppåkra, ca. 20 km.

Fotevikens museum in Falsterbo:

www.fotevikensmuseum.se 
Reconstruktion of a viking town.
Distance to Uppåkra, ca. 35 km.

Trelleborgs Viking Museum trelleborg.se/trelleborgen  
Reconstruktion of a ringfort from the Viking age.
Distance to Uppåkra, ca. 45 km.

Trelleborgs Museum: trelleborgs-museum
Has among other things an exhibit of ancient historical finds.
Distance to Uppåkra ca. 45 km.