Archaeologists have unearthed tombs with Christian burials in the ancient city of Sigtuna, which in the X-XII centuries was the capital of the Viking state. The most interesting thing is that the graves, made according to Christian custom, were made at the end of the tenth century in a pagan settlement.
The city of Sigtuna was founded at the end of the tenth century and within a few years was considered the capital of the state, which was then ruled by Olof Sketkonung, the first Christian king of Sweden. The city remained the capital until 1187, when it was conquered by Novgorod. The city was destroyed to the ground by the invaders.
Archaeologists found seven graves and the remains of eight people in the tombs at the site of the ancient city. Two newborn infants were buried in one of the graves. Experts believe that the children were killed during childbirth.
Besides the fact that Christian burials were found in the territory of the settlement, which was originally pagan, experts were surprised by the fact that some of the graves were buried in coffins of wood, lined with stone.
In the graves, dating back to the end of X century, scientists also found a knife, a comb for hair and a belt. Now experts are continuing their research. Archaeologists hope to find evidence of connections between the ancient capital of Sweden and another famous Viking settlement – the first city of Birka.