Vendel is a parish in the Swedish province of Uppland. The village overlooks a long inland stretch of water, Vendelsjön, near which the Vendel river has its confluence with the river Fyris. The church was established in 1310.
At Husby near Vendel there is a large mound which local tradition calls Ottarshögen (the mound of Ohthere, associated with the person of that name in the epic Beowulf). An excavation in 1917 revealed the remains of a powerful man who was buried at the beginning of the 6th century, the time of Ohthere. Other graves of similar date, associated with Ohthere's family, are at Old Uppsala.
Vendel has given its name to a period (the Vendel Age) in the Scandinavian Iron Age, and to the corresponding style in Art (the Vendel Style). It has often been suggested that the Germanic Vandals, or at least their kings or rulers, were connected to the site. In this it is coupled with the name of a companion site at Valsgärde in the same region. The close comparisons with the 27 metre ship-burial grave at Sutton Hoo show a direct connection between the armourers producing work found at the two sites, a connection central to the understanding of both. The Sutton Hoo grave is often associated with King Raedwald of East Anglia, (ruled c 599-624), who in his later reign (c 616-624) was most powerful among the rulers of the English kingdoms.
Judith Jesch, The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century: an Ethnographic Perspective.(Brief Article)(Book Review)
Sep 22, 2004; Judith Jesch, The Scandinavians from the Vendel Period to the Tenth Century: An Ethnographic Perspective, Studies in...