Who was the power­ful figu­re who was buri­ed under the enor­mous mound in  Tun around 3500 years ago?

We can only specu­la­te, but we know that the bar­row in Tun was ori­gi­nal­ly a full 60 metres in dia­me­ter and 7 metres high. It is one of the lar­gest bar­rows in Swe­den, but has never been exca­va­ted. At Sten­kul­len you can also see the remains of a pre­histo­ric sett­le­ment, a sac­ri­fi­ci­al spring and the medi­e­val vil­lage site of Tun. A heri­tage trail with infor­ma­tion boards begins at Tun church. To the south of the bar­row the­re is a buri­al site dating from the ear­ly Iron Age (500‑1050 CE) that con­tains seve­ral mounds and sto­ne set­tings. A few metres to the north of the bar­row is a spring known as “Kus­käl­lan” or “Korskäl­lan” – a sac­ri­fi­ci­al spring into which offe­rings of coins or items of value could be thrown to cure ill­ness, it was beli­e­ved. A litt­le furt­her to the north-west of the bar­row are the remains of the ori­gi­nal vil­lage of Tun, which was loca­ted here from the ear­ly Iron Age until 1806, when the vil­lage was moved.

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