due North (May 2013)

Stone ship or ship setting was an early burial custom, characteristically Scandinavian but also found in Germany and the Baltic states. The grave or cremation burial is surrounded by tightly or loosely fit slabs or stones in the outline of a ship. They are often found in grave fields, but are sometimes far from any other archaeological remains." From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_ship
However ....
"Joakim Wehlin of the University of Gothenburg and Gotland University has examined Bronze Age stone monuments that sit along Sweden’s Baltic Sea coasts. It had been thought that the monuments, which resemble stone ships, were used primarily as grave sites. Wehlin, however, thinks that they were used by maritime groups trading in metal objects. “It seems like the whole body was typically not buried in the ship, and some stone ships don’t even have graves in them. Instead, they sometimes show remains of other types of activities. So with the absence of the dead, the traces of the survivors tend to appear,” he explained. The monuments may have been used to mark ports, waterways leading inland, and potential meeting places." From http://www.archaeology.org/news/690-130322-sweden-stone-ships-bronze-age

Read also On the solar orientation of Ales Stenar site, by Amelia Carolina Sparavigna, http://porto.polito.it/2507517/1/141191230_On_the_solar_orientation_of_Ales_Stenar_site.pdf

Here a collection of satellite images.

 Ale's stones or Ales Stenar

 Stone ship at Blomsholm


 Lindholm Høje

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