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The oldest time

Historical Tour Part 4

The oldest time

In older times, the landscape around Wenngarn looked much like in the Stockholm archipelago, with copper and inserts, forests and small bays. About 1500 years ago, the area slowly began to rise from the water and larger areas suitable for cultivation and livestock management emerged.

The oldest tombs are from this time. One is at Grindtorpet, which is at the entrance to Wenngarn, another at Konterbacka / Humparbo south of the castle and a third at Fiskartorpet down at Garnsviken.

The burial ground was always near a farm, so it is reasonable that the oldest settlements are in the area. But we do not know exactly where. About 1,000 years ago at the end of the Viking Age, the water surface was 4-5 meters above today's sea surface. Large parts of Wenngarn's property were then submerged. That is when the Kingdom of Sweden began to take shape. Among other things, the first city, Sigtuna, was built around 970-980. During this time, Christianity began to gain a foothold and early Christianity has left many traces in the area.

Garnsviken was now an important communication route for seafarers up to (Old) Uppsala. Along the fairway there are 12 run stones with Christian symbols. The area around Sigtuna is the world's most runstone-tight. The nearest rune stone lies on the other side of the water at today's Lövstaholm.

Next part

The next part of the historic walk is found at the castle entrance.

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