The members of the ATLAS group held a meeting in Sigtuna, at Sigtunastiftelsen. Sigtuna is an important landmark for the Swedish archaeology and history, being the first actual city, royally founded around 970s. There is a high probability that the area was inhabited earlier, throughout the Late Viking Age. At Sigtuna, pioneer local coinage has been practiced, depicting the first Christian monarch Olof Skötkonung.
After a short introduction by Anders Götherström the group headed out to the excursion along the ancient path through Sigtuna. Our guides were Torun Zachrisson, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and Anna Kjellström. Charlotte and Torun presented churches of different ages and conditions, ancient burial sites, the origins and different dietary preferences of their occupants. Anna added more on the pathological history and the causes of death of the individuals. The discussions were spiced up with the genetic data that was put into context with the respective locations. One highlight of the excursion was a grave close to the Bishops church, later described in historical records as Saint Gertrude church. It is a bishop's grave, containing the torso of an old man and his crosier.
Just in time before it started snowing we got back to the Sigtunastiftelsen and continued the meeting with a work-shop to construct the new ATLAS WEB page.