Ship-settings

Large upright stones, arranged in the shape of a ship's plan, chiefly dating from the Iron and Viking Ages and found throughout Scandinavia. Sometimes containing one or more graves, it is believed that the stone serve as a funerary monument, perhaps to those lost at sea. It is also proposed that that alignment of the stones correspond to the rising and setting of the sun at the time of solstice.

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Large upright stones, arranged in the shape of a ship's plan, chiefly dating from the Iron and Viking Ages and found throughout Scandinavia. Sometimes containing one or more graves, it is believed that the stone serve as a funerary monument, perhaps to those lost at sea. It is also proposed that that alignment of the stones correspond to the rising and setting of the sun at the time of solstice.

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Bibliography

  1. 1.  The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, 300266335. The J. Paul Getty Trust.