Piles of stone

While I was staying in Sweden, my friend told me, that if one wanted to play tourist, all there is to be done is to choose from different piles of stones. Though she was essentially joking, I did get to see my share of stones and rocks around the area. One of the closest ones was Stenbyborgen in Eskilstuna.

Stenbyborgen is one of the over 1000 hillforts found in Sweden. The area looks like a random pile of rocks on top of a hill. It’s filled with wild pansies and trees and doesn’t look like much, but some 1500 years ago it used to be a defensive fort, strategically situated along an important waterway at the time. The fort would have had high stone walls with wooden structures on top. If needed, the people living nearby could be taken in for protection.

Some of the other interesting stones are some of the runestones I saw in the area. They’re not much, but what other word is there to is there to explain the feeling when you’re standing beside them, other than ‘cool!’

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