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We’ve sent off samples for analysis, and the result should be available in a few weeks’ time. If we can establish exactly when the fortress was built, it will help us to understand the historical events with which it was connected.” Viking ringed fortresses may be the most famous historical monuments in Denmark.They attract tourists from all over the world, and have led to revisions of Danish history on a number of occasions.there is still no news on the smaller building which is on 2 to 5 floors.
The circular fortress is similar to the famous “Trelleborg” fortresses 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,” explains Nanna Holm, an archaeologist and curator at the Danish Castle Centre.
Her colleague on the excavation Søren Sindbæk, who is a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University, adds: “The discovery of the new Viking fortress is a unique opportunity to learn more about the battles and conflicts of the Vikings, and gives us a new chance to study the most famous of our Viking monuments.” It was new, precise laser measurements of the landscape that put Nanna Holm from the Danish Castle Centre in Vordingborg on the track.
These measurements showed that an almost imperceptible mound in the field had a clear circular outline, so Holm and Sindbæk decided to call in an expert in archaeological geophysics from the University of York in the UK.
A military fortification from the Viking Age may shed more light on the links between Zealand, ancient Denmark and the Jelling dynasty – as well as teaching us more about the period during which Denmark became Denmark,” says Holm.