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Björkö

Listed under Ancient Settlements in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Björkö means Birch Island.  In this case it's an island of birches and ancient treasures.  In the form of the remains of a Bronze Age community, which thrived on this island around 800 BC.  The oldest of the island's excavated sites is a burial ground which has nine main grave sites, two of them under burial mounds and one under a stone cairn, but there are 15 graves there and another 70 or so in two other grave yards on the island – the later bodies are buried in more modern coffins.  

These excavations prove that this is one of the first inhabited parts of Sweden.  The selection of artefacts buried with the corpses also prove that the people who lived here traded with the rest of Europe. 

Written by  Andrew Mccabe.

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