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Tempel av guld eller kyrka av trä? : Markradarundersöhningar vid Gamla Uppsala kyrka
ALKARP Magnus ; PRICE Neil
In 1164 the archbishopric of Sweden was established at Gamla Uppsala, once the political centre of the Svear kingdom in the Late Iron Age and a stronghold of pre-Christian cult. This highly symbolic decision was manifested through the construction of one of the largest churches in Scandinavia. The cathedral church at Gamla Uppsala was allegedly built on the same spot as the famous pagan temple described by Adam of Bremen in the early 1070s. Excavations carried out there in 1926 revealed a complex stratigraphic sequence and a confusing set of postholes that were immediately interpreted as the remains of the temple. Though still maintained today in school textbooks and elsewhere, this conclusion is clearly erroneous as the postholes can be shown stratigraphically to belong to several different phases of construction. The events of the period c. 1050-1150 in Gamla Uppsala have never been satisfactorily understood, but there is clear evidence to suggest that the cathedral was by no means the first church to have been built on the site. In an effort to elucidate this early history of the church plateau, in 2003-04 we examined the area with ground-penetrating radar. In this paper we discuss some of the more important results of these investigations.
Royal Academy od Letters, History and Antiquities
ISSN : 0015-7813
Fornvännen A. 2005, vol. 100, n° 4, pp. 261-272 [12 pages]
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