Profile exhibition

Sandby castle

Sandby castle is the story of 1,500-year-old massacres on southeastern Öland. Who was responsible for this horrific event? Our skilled archaeologists who dig out the castle have the answers. Due to the macabre finds and the exciting archeology, the story of Sandby castle has become a world novelty due to the unique finds and the murder mystery. The exhibition tells about the dramatic events and shows, among other things, magnificent gold finds.

About the excavations and history

During an archaeological investigation in Sandby castle on southeastern Öland in 2010, a large number of spectacular finds were found, including jewelry hides containing exclusive costume buckles and glass beads originating in the Roman Mediterranean area. Kalmar County Museum through Museum Archeology Southeast was then involved to make additional investigations to map the context in which the finds were found. In connection with these small-scale surveys, when a georadar survey was also done by fil.dr. Andreas Viberg, it could be stated that a massacre took place in the castle, after which the deceased have been left together with their belongings where they fell. This has given a unique snapshot of both the violent event and what everyday life looked like in the castle at the end of the 400s.

Migration time (350-600 possibly)

The period to which Sandby Castle belongs is called the Migration Period and is characterized by the fact that many different tribes moved across the European continent. It was a turbulent time, both in Scandinavia and in Europe. The declining power and final fall of the Roman Empire 476 possibly, the Invasion of the Huns, wars and alliances within the Barbaricum (ie the areas that lay outside the borders of the Roman Empire); all this affected Scandinavia and is reflected in the finds from Sandby castle.

Sandby castle as a research project

Since 2011, Kalmar County Museum has been conducting a research project around Sandby Castle through Museum Archeology Southeast. The events in the castle have created a very unusual source material that provides a unique insight into the lives and deaths of individuals as well as people's social organization and material culture during the migration period. What happened in the castle touches and arouses many thoughts, from disgust to curiosity, about how and why the massacre took place. The research around Sandby castle can not only help us understand the Migration Period and its people better but also give us tools to discuss difficult issues in our own time.

In order to be able to continue the research around Sandby castle, external funding is required. We continuously apply for research funding from various funders and are constantly looking for new collaboration opportunities around research and development of the project.

Digital: This is how Sörby castle was rediscovered

On site: This is how Sörby castle was rediscovered