Greby – graveyard

That was a surprise.

I saw this card in a shop, amazing, with stones standing, so I just had to… google it, found the way – was not so easy, but was easy to get there and… I am still amazed. Trust me, it is a place with some weird power.

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In fact it is such a floral pearl, than suddenly all those Scots do not matter. For a moment. And those standing stones, and bells…

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Wait, what? Oh yes, from the graveyard you have a lovely view to the city church of Greby, Interesting. Really.

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But now the graves. Almost 200 of them, and stones. I bet many of them are in the surrounding cottages, farms or whatsoever… as usual.

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But still it is impressive.

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Dated 205-600AD in fact few sources quarrel.

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But you can clearly see that those stones are younger. Differently shaped.

Not so round.

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Some of them stand up like swords, waiting to be picked up by gigantic Arthur.

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Others… look like they should have some inscriptions.

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They are impressive. All of them.

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Of course if you choose amazing path thru all those carvings and graves,, you will come here. So do not just pass by… wait, think, and feel Scottish.

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Although there is only a legend. In fact no proofs.

“The Greby Burial Ground is the largest in Bohuslän. There are more than 180 visible graves, but the true number is probably much higher. Legend has it that Scots warriors are buried in the mounds. Eleven of the graves were excavated in 1873 by Oscar Montelius, a well known archeology and prominent figure in Swedish archeology. The graves contained no weapons, only personal artifacts. The dead had been cremated, and the burnt bones put into clay pots. Dating of the excavated graves put them from the Iron Age, from 400-500 A.D.
At the time when the graves were established, there was a shallow bay just to the west, a bay that was an extension of Sannäs Fjord with connections to the open sea at Havstensund and at Edsvik. Using Edsvik as the entry point, it was possible to avoid the dangerous waters at Tjurpannan. The entry at Edsvik was guarded by a fortress that still exists today.

The large number of graves here at Greby and at Gissleröd, nearby are indication that this area was of special significance in the centuries after the birth of Christ. The finds from the excavations in 1873 point to connections with Norway, England and Germany. Greby was posibly a trading place associated with a large farm where goods and products from this part of northern Bohuslän were bartered for goods from other areas.

We do not know when or how it lost its significance. Possibly it was due to the bay silting up and becoming to shallow to sail in, or that the site was attacked and plundered. In which case there could be some truth in the legend about the Scots.” from here.

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There is something in this quiet, forgotten place, those bells.

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Meadow with so tiny flowers, birches…

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Something really ancient. Really and fully.

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I will keep this place in my heart…

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Even this stone looking like a nose which fall from a huge statue, or was lost by a really snotty giant.

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I will.

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