Kungshögarna, or Uppsala mounds as they are also known, are three large mounds in the Old Uppsala archaeological site. In total there are thought to have been between 2,000 and 3,000 graves in the area.
But in these three tombs the gods Odin, Thor and Frey were said to be buried. Today they are called the West Mound, the Middle Mound and the East Mound after their geographical location. The West Mound was thought to be Thor's, the Middle Mound Frey's and the East Mound Odin's.
The renowned archaeologist Birger Nerman (1888-1971) argued that the three tombs actually belonged to three Svea kings mentioned in Ynglingatal - Adils, Aun and Egil.
In the background of the photo is the Old Uppsala Church, which according to legend is built on the site of the great pagan temple, which is said to have been located in Old Uppsala, mentioned by Adam of Bremen as Uppsala Temple around the year 1076. The archaeological findings support this thesis.
The photo was taken in 1890 by the photographer Henri Osti (1826-1914), from the Upplandsmuseet archive and carefully restored by us. This is what the original looked like: