Vendel Period

One of the many special forms of tombs in this period are the tombs of the Vendel boat, which were excavated in Tuna, Ulltuna, Uppsala, Valsgarde and Vendel. The most common form of burial was cremation and dumping the ashes (with and without urn ) under earth or stone hills. A predominant on Gotland grave form make circular stone settings, with a careful edging made of limestone tiles laid out how on the burial ground of Trullhalsar. Body burials also occur, especially on Gotland. During this time, the Domarringar (Judges rings), the Norse form of stone circles, such as the burial ground of Blomsholm arise.

The ornamentation developed to a high level to the style named after Vendel. The Gotland picture stones and grave boxes are an expression of artistic endeavors. They are also found in Courland, where the traditional site Seeburg show in Grobin trade relations ( Bildstein of Priediens ) with the Baltic. The well-known particularly from the Vendel Helgö glass is also one of the jewels of this time as precious brooches and golden press plates. In the area around Lake Mälaren, the Svearreich, the last pagan empire of the North Germanic arises. It spreads rapidly and is Sweden 's name. Ultimately passes this time the increased East-West trade and the colonialism of the Rus.

Sword of Vendelzeit

Helm of Vendelzeit

The shield from Vendel, similar to that of Sutton Hoo

Guldgubber variety of Muld (Bornholm ), 6th century