Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Discovery

Danish archaeologists uncover ringed Viking fortress for first time in 60 years

The fortress was a genuine military facility and was probably the scene of fighting as well.

viking1 Søren Sindbæk and Nanna Holm at the excavation site Danish Castle Centre Danish Castle Centre

ARCHAEOLOGISTS IN DENMARK have uncovered a previously unknown Viking fortress which they say could be an important piece in the country’s historical jigsaw puzzle.

Traces of a circular fortress were discovered as well as embankments in a field in Vallo. The fortress is similar to the famous “Trelleborg” fortress built by King Harald Bluetooth around the year 980 AD.

“This is the first time for more than 60 years that a new Viking ringed fortress has been discovered in Denmark,” explained Nanna Holm, archaeologist and curator at the Danish Castle Centre.

The fortress was discovered after new, precise laser measurements of the landscape.

© Danish Castle Centre © Danish Castle Centre

These measurements showed that an almost imperceptible mound in the field had a clear circular outline. An expert was called in from the UK and a technique that enables you to identify pits or embankments without destroying them was used.

“The technique gave us a surprisingly detailed image of the fortress in no more than a few days,” commented another one of the archaeologists on the site, Soren Sindbaek.

viking2

“So we knew exactly where to dig the excavation trenches with a view to learning as much as possible about the fortress.”

The fortress was a genuine military facility and was probably the scene of fighting as well, according to archaeologists who have been studying it.

Read: Multiple human remains found outside Trinity College>

Read: Heritage Ireland: The lonely Kilkenny cave that witnessed a massacre of 1,000 people>

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
11
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.