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Tomb found near Sweden's 'Stonehenge'

Posted on Thursday, 25 October, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: the L

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The 5,500-year-old tomb of a Stone Age chieftain has been unearthed at Sweden's Ale's Stenar monument.

Ale's Stones ( as they are known in English ) consist of 59 massive boulders arranged to resemble the outline of a ship. Located in the village of Kaseberga, the monument is thought to have been built towards the end of the Iron Age. Now it appears that the stones may have been stolen from a nearby neolithic tomb and if so, the monument could predate even England's Stonehenge.

"All of the stones had been taken away," said lead archaeologist Bengst Söderberg. "And I would say, most probably they are standing 40 meters away from the dolmen where the ship setting is situated."

"A 5,500-year-old tomb possibly belonging to a Stone Age chieftain has been unearthed at a megalithic monument in the shape of a ship called the Ale's Stenar (Ale's Stones)."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander on 18 October, 2012, 15:10
Do wish we knew more about the people that built these stone structures and why. Wonder if they will find any bones and if they don't was it actually a burial site.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Majikwayz on 25 October, 2012, 13:15
Still wondering how people are moving these stones that weigh 1.8 tonnes....?
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 25 October, 2012, 17:29
I bet the "boat" don't float.
Comment icon #4 Posted by ashven on 25 October, 2012, 20:41
pallidin,they said that about Brunells SS Great Eastern.......just saying.........lol
Comment icon #5 Posted by Pop Vulture on 25 October, 2012, 22:24
According to the wikipedia the Legendary King Ale is buried there, according to legend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale's_Stones http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale_the_Strong Maybe its his
Comment icon #6 Posted by LucidElement on 26 October, 2012, 8:47
Did it say they uncovered the tomb? or is it what they THINK to be him? Im curious, if they found his remains and tomb then im flabbergasted!?!??!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Vidgange on 26 October, 2012, 8:47
Cool stuff! I really should visit this place: we're both located in Sweden after all ^^

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