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Danish Viking fortress to be reconstructed after project given approval

A major Viking fortress can be rebuilt on its original archaeological site after local authorities in the town of Slagelse gave the green light for the project on Monday.

Danish Viking fortress to be reconstructed after project given approval
Trelleborg is already home to a reconstructed longhouse and annual Viking festival. File photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scanpix

The municipal city council has approved funding for a project to rebuild a so-called ring fortress at Trelleborg, the archaeological site of a Viking settlement located near the modern Danish town.

Trelleborg is already home to a reconstructed longhouse and annual Viking festival, but fortifications will now return to the more than 1000-year-old site for the first time in centuries, TV2 Øst reports.

The project, Ny Trelleborg (New Trelleborg) is a partnership between the National Museum of Denmark and Slagelse Municipality and has been in the pipeline for some time, the broadcaster writes.

Work will reconstruct the former fortress, including its roof, to the site, along with a fortress gate and defence structures.

That will include palisades – high wooden walls – and a moat, recreating Trelleborg as it would have looked in the year 981.

Although it was a strong fortification, the Viking settlement was not used by contemporary Scandinavians for long, TV2 Øst writes.

Fortresses such as the one at Trelleborg are thought to have been in use for no more than around five or ten years.

Reconstruction of the site is expected to begin this autumn.

READ ALSO: Danish Viking ring fortresses were designed to fend off other Vikings

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VIKINGS

Danish treasure discovery could yield new knowledge of pre-Viking people

An amateur archeologist has found 22 gold objects with sixth century symbols that could yield new details about pre-Viking peoples in Denmark, the museum that will house the treasure said on Monday.

Danish treasure discovery could yield new knowledge of pre-Viking people
An unrelated illustration photo from an earlier discovery showing Saxon, Ottonian, Danish and Byzantine coins. STEFAN SAUER / DPA / AFP

Some of the objects have runic motifs and inscriptions which may refer to the rulers of the time, but also recall Norse mythology, Mads Ravn, director of research at the Vejle museums in western Denmark, told AFP.

“It is the symbols on the items that makes them unique, more than the quantity found,” according to Ravn, who said the treasure weighed about one kilogram.

One piece even refers to the Roman emperor Constantine from the early 4th century, said Ravn.

“The find consists of a lot of gold items, including a medallion the size of a saucer,” Ravn added.

According to initial examinations, the treasure could have been buried as an offering to the gods at a chaotic time when the climate in northern Europe dramatically turned colder after a volcanic eruption in Iceland in 536 sent ash clouds into the sky.

“They have many symbols, some of which have not been seen before, which will enable us to enlarge our knowledge of the people of this period,” he said.

The treasure was found near Jelling in southwestern Denmark, which historians say became a cradle for kings of the Viking-age which lasted between the 8th and 12th centuries.

The treasure will be on display at the museum in Vejle from February 2022

The amateur archeologist using a metal detector found the treasure about six months ago but the news was only disclosed now.

READ ALSO: DNA analysis reunites Viking relatives in Denmark after 1,000 years 

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