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Gotland 4 Oct 2006

GotlandPosted by Vidar Thu, November 16, 2006 12:51:26

A few kilometers up the coast from our lodgings were a small group of rauker.Blog Image

On this day there was a fair at Hemse, a fair mix of rubbish and local produce. Lots of people made a welcome change though.

A shop sold paper, books and ammunition (swedish Krut)!

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But, we cannot linger here, there are stones!

First the remains of a viking-age settlement at Vallhagar (Fröjel). 24 remains of houses in an open field. Very nice.

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Burial-mound at Vallhagar.

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Grinding grain.

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The photo above is from the ship at Gnisvärd (Tofta). It's the largest on Gotland, 47 meters long and 7 meters at the widest. The endstones each about 1,3 meters long. The stones are closed in by fir-plantations.

Next we tried to find the burial-area at Krokstäde (Tofta), and that was not easy. The guidebook said:

Från kustvägen leder en spikrak skiftesväg at Ö förbi Tofta hembygdgård. Efter ytterligare 600m går en skiftesväg rakt åt S. Efter ca 300 m korsas denne av en skogsstig. Följar man stigen ytterligare 300 m åt SO kommer man fram til ett stort gravfält.

We found the hembygdsgård but lost our way on a small road that got smaller and smaller. Luckily we were able to turn and get back.

Several failed attemps later, my wife saw a sign inside a bush (its true!) that said Skjutfelt (eng Shooting-range). On the map there were a shooting-range close to the site, so we tried that road. This time the road fit the descriptions in the book.

All the sites we had seen so far, were well kept and orderly. This was not, there was an overgrown parking lot, and unkept signs. The first pointed to a field with some sheep and a young bull! Lots of stones in heaps spread round under the trees. Further in there was another field (this time only sheep). I found this stone:

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According to the guidebook there should have been a stone circle (domarring) and about ten raised stones, one with cups.

Not well looked after, but plenty of atmosphere. I liked it!

Blog ImageWalking the Trojaborg (labyrinth) at Fröjel.

Then we went to Visby and had pancakes at Strykhjörnet Crêperie & Logi.

One more picture, the sun sets behind the ruins of St:Karins church in Visby.

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