Iron Age standing stones are interspersed among the sheep in this picture from the burial ground (and grazing ground) at Lilla Lycke.
The common domesticated sheep was one of the first species to be domesticated by man. Findings suggest that they were domesticated in Mesopotamia approximately 11 000 years ago. Sheep breeding reached what is now Sweden about 5 000 years ago, during the Neolithic Period, and one of the distinguising features of the following Bronze Age is the transition from clothes made of pelts, fur and grass to textile clothing. However, this change didn't entirely take hold until the climate got colder during the Iron Age and wool became an indispensable article in the north.