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Uppåkra

Historical Site · Skåne · 33 m
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  • Tierfigur aus Uppåkra
    Tierfigur aus Uppåkra
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Uppåkra was once the largest and richest Iron Age settlement in Scandinavia. It is located south of the town of Lund in Skåne, Sweden. The village was a political and religious center for more than 1000 years and, at the same time, the most crucial trading hub in the region.

Uppåkra was discovered in 1934 when constructions for a new farmhouse southwest of Stora Uppåkra church began. Historians discovered a several-meter-thick layer of bones, pieces of coal and shards of early vessels. Even more valuable finds where discovered: Among other things, thin gold leaves with engravings and jewelry were found, which according to research, date from the 6th century BC. Today, all findings can be viewed at Lund University Historical Museum.

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Update: August 12, 2020

Public transport

By bus 130 from Malmö or Lund, stop "Uppåkra Väståkravägen", 10 min walk to the excavation site

Getting there

Coming from Lund on the E22 southwest, take the first exit and turn left at the roundabout to Riksvägen 108, then turn right twice

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Parking at the Stora Uppåkra church

Coordinates

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55.666413, 13.172125
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55°39'59.1"N 13°10'19.6"E
UTM
33U 385026 6170467
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