Previous archaeological excavations along the 'Ostlänken' Railway Corridor 1965:2012: Early Iron Age graves at Gerstaberg

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt

Description:

In October 1987, a small cemetery at Gerstaberg, Ytterjärna parish, Södermanland, was investigated & removed (Ancient monument 185). The excavation was preceeded by a trial excavation in order to establish whether the monuments were indeed ancient. Existing records showed a mound-like and a stone-setting-like structure.

The trial excavations revealed that the mound-like structure was modern, while the stone-setting like structure was in fact a group of burials, consisting of a square stone-setting and two or three smaller stone-settings. The subsequent investigation brought to light further burials, bringing the total to 17.

All graves has cremation burials, although the mode of burial was varied. Osteological analyses brought forth that all burials were adult, though none could be sexed. Four features lacked burials, and may have been children's graves. One feature (A18) may not have been a grave at all.

Burial assemblages consisted mainly of pottery, both as bone receptacles and as subsidiary vessels. The pottery is of typical Iron Age type.

The graves were dated to the Early Iron age, p

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HISTORY (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Archaeology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

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Responsible department/unit:

Uppsala University

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt

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SND-ID: SND 2460

Description:

In October 1987, a small cemetery at Gerstaberg, Ytterjärna parish, Södermanland, was investigated & removed (Ancient monument 185). The excavation was preceeded by a trial excavation in order to establish whether the monuments were indeed ancient. Existing records showed a mound-like and a stone-setting-like structure.

The trial excavations revealed that the mound-like structure was modern, while the stone-setting like structure was in fact a group of burials, consisting of a square stone-setting and two or three smaller stone-settings. The subsequent investigation brought to light further burials, bringing the total to 17.

All graves has cremation burials, although the mode of burial was varied. Osteological analyses brought forth that all burials were adult, though none could be sexed. Four features lacked burials, and may have been children's graves. One feature (A18) may not have been a grave at all.

Burial assemblages consisted mainly of pottery, both as bone receptacles and as subsidiary vessels. The pottery is of typical Iron Age type.

The graves were dated to the Early Iron age, p

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Language:

Swedish

Time period(s) investigated:

Early iron age

Geographic spread:

Geographic location: Södertälje Municipality, Ytterjärna Parish

Geographic description: Gerstaberg

Lowest geographic unit:

Parish

Highest geographic unit:

Parish

Subject area:

HISTORY (CESSDA Topic Classification)
Archaeology (The Swedish standard of fields of research 2011)

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Type of archaeological investigation:

Archaeological excavation

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2016-08-17 doi:10.5878/002840

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Early Iron Age graves at Gerstaberg

Suggested citation:

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt. Uppsala University (2016). Early Iron Age graves at Gerstaberg. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0. https://doi.org/10.5878/002840

Organisationens dnr för undersökningen:

1261/87

ProjektID:

187001

ProjektID:

p187001

RAÄ-nr:

Ytterjärna 185:1, Ytterjärna 185:2

Creator/Principal investigator(s):

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt

Description:

The ZIP-file contains two Shape files with information on trenches, ancient monuments, archaeological finds and other data from the archaeological survey, as well as a geo-referenced map (© Lantmäteriet i2014/00696) of the survey in GeoTIFF-format.

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Data collection:

Mode of collection: Field observation

Time period(s) for data collection: 1987-10

Data collector: Swedish National Heritage Board

Mode of collection: Compilation/Synthesis

Time period(s) for data collection: 2014

Data collector: Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, avdelningen för etnologi

Time period(s) investigated:

Early iron age

Published: 2016-08-17
Last updated: 2020-01-23