Before the Vikings! Vendel - The first golden age of Sweden
In Sweden, before the Vikings, was the Vendel Culture, based around Uppland. Old Uppsala was the political and religious center that had Royal Mounds with incredible riches. These were boat burials with surviving helmets now in Swedish Museum of National Antiquities. This area must have been a flourishing kingdom long before the Vikings! There were riches of iron, fur and slaves, that were used to acquire art that we now see from the grave sites.