Ismantorp Fortress

Ismantorp Fortress
Öland, Sweden

Type Ringfort
Coordinates 56°44′43″N 16°38′33″E / 56.74528°N 16.6425°E / 56.74528; 16.6425Coordinates: 56°44′43″N 16°38′33″E / 56.74528°N 16.6425°E / 56.74528; 16.6425
In use 200 - 650 CE

Ismantorp Fortress is a ringfort located on Öland Island in Sweden constructed during the Migration Period.



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]



  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. pp. 14. ISBN 0-85115-867-6. 

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