Cultural Heritage

Raknehaugen

Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden
Northern Europe's largest burial mound rises monumental over the Ljøgodt pond.

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Raknehaugen in Ullensaker is Norway's and Northern Europe's largest burial mounds. It`s located a short distance from Hovin church. The total diameter of the mound is approximately 77 meters. The height of the mound is 15 feet.

The mound belongs to a unique group of large burial monuments from the Migration Period (approx. 400 - approx. 900). Besides being the largest single monument from prehistoric time Raknehaugen also has a dominant position within the Norwegian archaeological history.

The impact of the monumental mound suggests that it is constructed as a demonstration of power. It`s located by the farm Ljøgot, which name comes from Ljóðgata, ie. "the peoples way" or "road where many people travel." The mound was thus raised by a road to be visible and / or easily accessible. And close by there is a hulveg ("sunken road"), shaped by years of use.

According to a local legend the mound holds King Rakne`s grave. He is supposedly buried there between two white horses.

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