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

SND-ID: SND 2460

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt


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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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

Uppsala University

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Method and time period

Time period(s) investigated

Early iron age

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Södertälje Municipality, Ytterjärna Parish

Geographic description: Gerstaberg

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Highest geographic unit


Topic and keywords

Research area

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


early iron age


Type of archaeological investigation

Archaeological excavation

Early Iron Age graves at Gerstaberg


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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Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt. Uppsala University (2016). Early Iron Age graves at Gerstaberg. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.0.

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Still image


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Swedish National Heritage Board UV Mitt


early iron age

Time period(s) investigated

Early iron age

Data collection 1

  • Mode of collection: Field observation
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 1987-10
  • Data collector: Swedish National Heritage Board

Data collection 2

  • Mode of collection: Compilation/Synthesis
  • Time period(s) for data collection: 2014
  • Data collector: Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för kulturantropologi och etnologi, avdelningen för etnologi

Type of archaeological remains

Burial ground

Organisationens dnr för undersökningen






Ytterjärna 185:1, Ytterjärna 185:2

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