Grave mounds of prehistoric Denmark
Before the sand drift, the landscape looked very different, and people have lived here since ancient times. The grave mounds in the plantation are clear evidence of this. Svalhøje, east of Nystrupvej makes up a group of listed grave mounds from the Bronze Age (about 1800-500 B.C.). Some of the mounds are well kept and beautifully domed, others have been levelled by ploughing. However, studies show that stone works, stone cists (coffins) and tombs have been conserved under the turf. The majority of building took place in the late Bronze Age, from about 1800 to 1100 B.C., when thousands of grave mounds were built. The dead have been laid in coffins with their jewellery and weapons in the grave mounds. There are mostly men in the graves, but also women and children were buried in a barrow. The mounds are now listed, and digging is not allowed in them and ploughing is not allowed too close to them.
Many grave mounds have been levelled over time, but at Svalhøje you can see how people have been buried in groups on prominent sites in many places in the landscape.