University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology

Author: Jan Olofsson

The Frontier of Archaeological Reconstruction

Horse Sacrifice at Eketorp Fort, Sweden

By: Jan Olofsson and Egil Josefson

In 1978 the archaeological remains of Eketorp Fort were reconstructed on Öland Island in the Baltic Sea, establishing the first Swedish living history museum to combine an archaeological reconstruction with an experimental archaeology and popular education program. The mission of Eketorp Fort is to bring the Swedish Iron Age (500 BC–AD 1050) and Middle Ages […]

The Development of Eketorp Fort

By: Jan Olofsson and Egil Josefson

Eketorp Fort—a prehistoric ring fort—was completely excavated between 1964 and 1974. The first fort (Eketorp I) was built during the Scandinavian Iron Age (ca. AD 300) near the edge of a lake that had been used for animal sacrifices since the birth of Christ. Inside the fort, shelters with openings toward the center were built […]