Carrying out road construction work in Melhus, right in central Norway, they have been discovered tombs from the Bronze Age that are 3,000 years old, are the oldest burial sites discovered in the region.
The discovery, very rare in this country, was made by archaeologists from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). "We don't usually make finds like this," explained Merete Moe Henriksen, project manager.
On the side of the ring of larger stones, three smaller stone chambers typical of that period have been found, forming part of a burial mound containing numerous tombs.
The environmental conditions of the region have preserved the site, which was under a layer of up to two meters of clay, which arrived at the site from a mud shift that could have occurred thousands of years ago.
This clay settled as a lid over the graves, sealing the site and keeping it in good condition, and on it in turn was an interesting layer of soil used for crops, but not having such a deep tillage activity, it had not been detected until now.
This is how the owner of the land expressed it Oddvar Narve Langørgen, “I had no idea that something like that was found here. I couldn't even have dreamed of it. He himself added that there is a very good layer of soil in the area, which could have offered good food growing conditions to those who might have lived here at that time.
Finds inside the tombs
The museum has expressed that this finding is a great source of knowledge about the funeral traditions from the Bronze Age in Norway.
"We found charcoal and bones were left in the graves," Henriksen said, suggesting that the custom would have been to burn the dead before they were buried in their graves.
Near the burial mound was found part of a stone slab with toothed figures with one foot, motifs that have been found in other rock engravings from this time.
So far no findings have been made that confirm the presence of a settlement at the site.
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