Bronze Age Uppåkra
Uppåkra during the Middle Ages
After the 11th century, the large Iron Age settlement of Uppåkra declined in significance and size; only a few farms in the area north of the church remained during the Middle Ages. A number of medieval farmsteads, graves, and a possible wooden stave church indicate that Christianity had entered the scene. Yet exactly what happened remains unclear. A possible answer is the founding of Lund, a few kilometres north of Uppårka, in about 990. Uppåkra and Lund could have existed simultaneously for a short period, but the new town soon took over Uppåkra’s role as the region’s centre of power.
Today’s church, built in 1864, rests on the remains of a church built towards the end of the 12th century. In 1998 and 2013 archaeological investigations were carried out in conjunction with the renovations that were done at the time. The researchers found several graves that they dated to ca. 1020, plus one earlier grave. All of the people, several of them children, had been buried according to Christian traditions, indicating that the church had yet another predecessor, a wooden structure from this period.