Ismantorp Fortress

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Ismantorp Fortress
Öland, Sweden
Ismantorp house walls02.jpg
Coordinates 56°44′43″N 16°38′33″E / 56.74528°N 16.64250°E / 56.74528; 16.64250Coordinates: 56°44′43″N 16°38′33″E / 56.74528°N 16.64250°E / 56.74528; 16.64250
Type Ringfort
Site information
Site history
In use 200 - 650 CE
Materials Limestone

Ismantorp Fortress (Swedish: Ismantorps fornborg) is a ringfort located on Öland Island in Sweden constructed during the Migration Period.

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One of approximately 20 known ringforts located on Öland, Ismantorp was never permanently occupied following its construction in about 200 CE, but used occasionally until abandoned around 650 CE.[1] The ringfort consists of a limestone wall approximately 300 meters long and has nine gates. Inside the ringfort are 95 houses arranged in 12 blocks around a central open area with a circular building. Ismantorp is the largest[2] and probably the oldest of the ringforts on Öland.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andrén, Anders (2006). "A World of Stone: Warrior Culture, Hybridity, and Old-Norse Cosmology". In Andrén, Anders; Jennbert, Kristina, et al. Old Norse Religion in Long-Term Perspectives: Origins, Changes, and Interactions. Lund, Sweden: Nordic Academic Press. pp. 33–38. ISBN 91-89116-81-X. 
  2. ^ Magnus, Bente (2002). "Dwellings and Settlements: Structures and Characteristics". In Jesch, Judith. The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century: an Ethnographic Perspective. Boydell Press. p. 14. ISBN 0-85115-867-6. 

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