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It's a while since I uploded a photo from my home country Sweden...

Wikipedia on the matter;
Ale's Stones (or Ales stenar in Swedish) is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden. It consists of a stone ship 67 meters long formed by 59 large boulders of sandstone, weighing up to 1.8 tonnes each. According to Scanian folklore, a legendary king called King Ale lies buried there.
The carbon-14 dating system for organic remains has provided seven results at the site. One indicates that the material is around 5,500 years old whereas the remaining six indicate a date about 1,400 years ago. The latter is considered to be the most likely time for Ales Stenar to have been created. That would place its creation towards the end of the Nordic Iron Age.
As is the case with many other megalithic monuments, there have been many speculations about the significance of Ales Stenar. Most ship settings are perceived to be burial monuments, and many of the ship settings found in Scandinavia do indeed contain one or more graves. Yet no grave has ever been positively identified in the limited area that has been subject to archaeological research at Ales Stenar. One theory is that if the ship setting is not a burial site, it may have been constructed to honour the crew of a ship who perished at sea. Another theory is that the ship was built to determine various times of the year. The alignment of the stones in relation to the sun is such that the sun sets over the northwest tip of the monument at midsummer, and rises at the opposite tip at midwinter.

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