1. The King’s Grave is roughly 3000 years old and one of the largest burial mound in Europe. The circular burial site is roughly 3/4th of the size of a football field and entirely made of stone. The entrance to the tombs lies towards the middle of the circle.
2. The central grave is an 11ft stone tomb made with stone slabs measuring 3.9ft high by 2.1ft wide. The huge tomb believed to be a chieftain’s burial site is the reason for calling it Kungagraven or a king’s grave. The central grave leads to another burial chamber where a second, smaller tomb of stone slabs lies called Prinskammaren – The Prince’s Chamber.
3. After excavation and reconstruction of the site, there is now a passage that leads directly to the hidden burial chambers and tourists can use this to go inside and view them.
4. Stunning petroglyphs cover the stone slabs with images of humans, horses, weapons, clothing, objects, rituals, ceremonies, and other spiritual symbols of the age.
5. The stone slabs lining the grave in the north-south direction, carry petroglyphs that are unique to the Scandinavian rock carving tradition thus making the King’s Grave, one of the most remarkable of archaeological monuments.
6. The area around King’s Grave also houses other monuments from the Bronze Age such as Ängakåsen Grave Field and a pre-historic road that leads from the grave field to the sea a mile away.
7. The King’s Grave had been plundered and quarried prior to public discovery leading to missing pieces required for an exact historical documentation, the contains of the main grave are thus still unknown.
8. The experts opine that it was three times bigger when it was built compared to how it stands today. Add to it the fact that its home to clear and stunning petroglyphs of the Bronze Age, it has earned the moniker of The Swedish Pyramid.
9. This 3500 years old burial mound is not the first tomb on the site, experts reveal that it was built on the demolished site of an old burial site which was already 2000 years old by then.
10. The King’s Grave archaeological site has given up findings that are 6000 years old located in pits underneath the cairn and also has findings from the Viking era, dating 800AD.
Once you are in King’s Grave in Kivik, the other mysterious monuments of Sweden are waiting for you to immerse yourself in the illustrious pre-historic narrative of it’s ancient people.