Anundshög is located just a couple of hundred yards outside of the City of Västerås, to the east of it. There is Sweden's biggest burial-mound, just a short distance off the highway. This memory, built in honour of Anund rises about twelve, fifteen yards, almost as high as the trees behind it. It was built by the Vikings, in the eleventh century, that is almost a millennium ago.


There are several burial-mounds in the vicinity, even if none of them reaches the same impressive height. Also to the south of the highway, on the ridge, there are burial-mounds and even older historical remnants. People have lived in this area since the Iron Age, that is from 500 BC onwards. Near the village of Tibble you can see the ruins of one of Sweden's few prehistoric mazes.

Back to Anundshög though: Here are five stone settings, resembling the Viking's ships. The two largest of them can be seen on the image to the right.
In front of this burialground, in line with todays highway, there is a stone setting in a single straight line. Those were marking the road, which a newly crowned king would take in those days, to receive tribute of his people.


This latter stone setting was payed for by a man called Folkvid, who probably held a high rank in the society of his days. He is also responsible for the runic stone, standing in front of all these monuments, on which he left the following explanation: "Folkvid raised all of these stones in honour of his son Heden, the brother of Anund. Vred carved the runes."
A remarkable thing about this runic stone is its unique engraved picture, which maybe shows a man and a woman holding each other tightly.

Recently the Café Anund has opened here, being situated a couple of hundred meters "behind" the mould. During the summermonths it is open daily.

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