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Burs church, Gotland

Burs (Sv.K. 115), church on SE Gotland about 50 km from Visby. The church has a spacious squared chancel with a richly ornamented south portal embrace. Scenes of figures in capital and tympanum have been put to much attention by historians of Art. A lower nave has north and south door-ways. The belfry has ornamented west door-way and gallery.

In the west wall of the chancel a reinforcement timber stretching north-south has been accessible to get a bore-core (sample no 9). Its outermost annual ring is dated 1292. There remains to get a sample from a similar reinforcement timber in the east wall of the chancel. Two pieces of timber in the attic of the nave, a strut (sample no 16) and a loose stump from a joist (sample no 17) which lack waney edge are at their outermost annual ring dated 1184 and 1181 respectively. The belfry contains datable timber but is not examined. The dendrochronological dating of Burs is not finished.