Stone monuments in Grinde
The standing stones were registered in 1919. At that time only one of the stones stood upright. The other 6 stones had been taken down and put to use as building material for bridges. The ancient monument was restored in 1952 by Jan Petersen. The stones were placed in two rows as straight angles to each other. The eastern row of stones are probably back in their original position whereas the northern row may have been replaced incorrectly. The stones 1.8 – 5,5 m high, 0.5 – 1.5 m wide and taper toward the top, a common shape for such stones. The ancient monument is called “Resasteinane” or “Sversteinane” and the ground where it stands, is named “Dukjen”.
Stone monuments at Erland
One of Norway's finest stone monuments from the Iron Age. You will find a group of 7 stones at the farm Erland in Skjoldastraumen. The monument is very rare, because usually such monuments consist of one or two stones. The archaeologists are not sure of what the monument was used for. However, one theory is that it was used to tell the seasons by using the shadow from the sun.
The many historical monuments located at Erland in Skjoldastraumen tell of an active cultural focal point existing from time immemorial. The area is home to several ancient memorial stones, arched flagstones and hillocks and eskers bearing the names of mighty Norse gods. Exciting archaeological discoveries have revealed that Erland was most probably a centre of religious activity from the early Iron Age, dating back to about 500 BC.