The burial site at Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes
Graves in slate scree is a typical Sami way of burial from pre-Christian times. The burial site at Mortensnes is the largest end best investigated scree grave site we know of, but such graves are also known from other places in Varanger and in other Sami areas. In the slate scree at Mortensnes there has been registered between 250-300 graves. This makes it the largest collection of graves outside a cemetery in Northern Norway.
The grave site contains graves in the shape of constructed chambers in the scree and natural cavities in the rock and hollow areas under large stone slabs. These were closed with flagstones after the burial.
The opened-up graves are the easiest to spot. Some of the constructed graves are large and well preserved. The walls in these chambers are made from erected stone slabs. Large stones have held up a roof of flagstone. Some of these chambers have contained two dead bodies.
There is a notable distinction between these chambers and the simpler graves inside crevices and mountain cracks. This may indicate a difference in status between people, which may also explain the difference in grave sizes and what kind of objects that have been laid down with the dead. Unopened graves may be visible as low stone heaps or hollows in the scree, but most of them are not visible on the surface at all. There are probably more graves in the screes at Mortensnes than the registered ones.