The Borre Mounds
Just below Midgard Viking Centre you will find the Borre park, the greatest collections in the Nordics of monumental grave mounds from the younger Iron Age. The massive grave mounds are very visible in the landscape. They are clear monuments of the political power that once existed at Borre more than 1.000 years ago. Previously it was believed that there was only one clan, Ynglingætten, who was buried in the mounds.
However, recent research show that such great mounds have been the burial ground for people from different clans. It is likely that the place and its former leaders made it highly sought-after to be laid to rest in such places. Along with the proofs of several great halls at Borre the mounds are indicators that the area was indeed a power centre – even before the Viking Age. It will be exciting to see what future archeological excaminations can tell us.
The Ship Mound
Only one of the great mounds have been fully excavated. That is the now lost Ship Mound, which was located just east of the Midgard Viking Centre. When the mound was excavated in 1852 it was the first time a Viking ship was ever excavated. Where the ship once laid they found greatly embellished riding equipment, decorated in what was known after the finding as the Borre style, along with several other high status objects. Many of the objects from the Ship Mound are exhibited at Midgard Viking Centre.