|Ekornavallen has been used as a burial place fo at least 4000 years,
which makes this site one of the most remarkable sites in Sweden.
The oldest is the passage graves (the biggest one, Girommen, is presented on a sub-site) and one stone cist, built for 4-5000 years ago.
Up on the crest of the hill, there is a bronze age cairn, about 3000 years old.
The youngest graves is from the iron age and consists of stone settings, standing stones and stone circles (judge rings)
and a tri-radial cairn.
Because of the unique mix of remains from different eras, the site were early noted. The earliest (but uncertain) written info is in the Västgötalagen (the code of Västergötland) from the 13th century.
During the 18th and 19th century Ekornavallen was visited by several
archaeologists, from their maps we can see that there were many more monuments than there are now.
In order to save the area from further destruction, the site was bought by the state in 1944, and is now taken care of by the Swedish national heritage board.
There are many info boards in the area, in Swedish, English and German.
The site can be seen in GE.
How to get there:
On road 49 between Skara and Skövde, turn south in Varnhem towards
Broddetorp, ( as for the Amundtorp and Lilla lycke sites).
After 10 kilometres you arrive to the village Boddetorp. Drive through and continue for 3.2 kilometres. Parking spot to the left, and the site to the right.
Posted by L-M K
23rd September 2009ce
Edited 23rd September 2009ce