October 20, 2012 4:01
Swedish archaeologists have found the remains of the tomb age 5500 years near El Stones — megalithic monument, where, according to legend, was buried King Al. This discovery was the product of Geophysical Research, which took place in 2006.
Intrigued by the circular structure with a diameter of 50 meters with a rectangle in the center, the Swedish National Board of archaeologists Heritage decided to excavate at the site.
"The outer circle was hard to find, but we found traces of fuzzy on the plot, which probably are the imprints of smaller stones," — said archaeologist Bent Cederberg (Bengt Soderberg).
In the center, researchers found several components that are evidence dolmen — megalithic structures, which are located inside the tomb. This dolmen consists of two upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal stone over them.
"These components had traces of larger stones, which consisted of a central burial chamber, which were surrounded by large stones and the edge of the smaller stones," — said Soderberg.
Oriented north-south, this dolmen measuring 20 by 8 meters belongs to the early Neolithic in Sweden today — it about 5,500 years. Under assumptions of archaeologists, there could be buried in a local tycoon, but to speak with confidence about whose grave it is too early.
Dolmen found just 40 meters from the impressive monument, known as Ales Stenar («El Stones"), which is often called "Swedish Stonehenge."
Located near the fishing village Kezeberga, the structure consists of 59 stones, the largest of which weighs 1,800 pounds. This structure resembles a 70-meter ship, which is located along the shores of the Baltic Sea.
Although some researchers believe that the structure was built 2500 years ago in the Scandinavian Bronze Age, most scientists believe that the monument only 1,400 years old, that is, it was installed at the end of the Scandinavian Iron Age.
Like the English Stonehenge, the mysterious stone ship raised a lot of debate about its purpose. According to local folklore, it is the tomb of the legendary ruler — King Ale. Other theories suggest that it was an ancient astronomical calendar, cemetery or monument to the Vikings. New dolmen can perhaps shed some light on the real purpose of the monument.
"Our findings confirm what we have long suspected: some stone structures were at the site before the construction of Stone Ale" — said archaeologists. The older rocks, including those of which was built dolmen, probably reused for the construction of a stone ship.
"Our findings also confirm that this place attracts people at all times" — the researchers said.