Christianity Also Came to Sweden Earlier Than Thought

Following the announcements by Ribe VikingeCenter of finds showing that Christians lived in Denmark a century earlier than previous thought, then Gothenburg University have announced evidence of Christian graves at Varnhem (inland east of Gothenburg) – that have been dated to the 900’s. This pushes the confirmed date in Sweden back also by at least a century versus what had previously been thought.

Besides challenging the theory that Christianity in Scandinavia came “suddenly” and towards the end of the Viking Age, and could have been a contributing factor to this – then the findings would also seem to provide archaeological support to some of the Christian chronicles and annals of fx German missionaries.

Archaeologists from Gothenburg University plan to do more excavations at Varnhem cemetery, and it will be interesting to see if more Viking Age finds turn up!


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