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Archaeologists Discover 1,000-Year-Old Viking Fortress

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posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:03 AM
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Archaeologists working in Denmark have discovered a distinctive ring-shaped Viking fortress, which is thought by some historians to have been used to launch an invasion of England.

The newly discovered fortress is said to be similar to Trelleborg another ringed garrison from the same period shown below -



A 500-foot, ring-shaped Viking fortress discovered in Denmark may have been used to launch an invasion of England, say historians.The construction unearthed is about 40 miles south of Copenhagen, where ancient roads joined at the turn of the first millennia.

"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.

Søren Sindbæk, who is a professor of medieval archaeology at Aarhus University and took part in the excavation added: "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."

Groundbreaking technology was used to discover the fortress. According to Aarhus University, Helen Goodchild, a University of York researcher used a technique called gradiometry, which involves taking measurements of the Earth's magnetic field found in the soil at the site.


Research is continuing on the analysis of the burned gate posts for an accurate dating of the fortress, and it may date back to King Harald Bluetooth—or the son who deposed him, Sweyn Forkbeard, who ruled at the turn of the first millennia. Forkbeard later became the King of England after invading London in 1013.

I think it's great that even now we are still discovering parts of our past with the help of new technology


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edit on 9-9-2014 by Lady_Tuatha because: amended




posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:21 AM
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Discovered?

Looking at the pic one wonders how they could miss it a thousand years!


Still cool.
edit on 9-9-2014 by EartOccupant because: Spelling



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:36 AM
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a reply to: EartOccupant

Because the pic is not the discovery, the pic is Trelleborg, another viking fortress



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:40 AM
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.The construction unearthed...
a reply to: EartOccupant

They excavated an earth mound.

But seriously they did,


Helen Goodchild, a University of York researcher used a technique called gradiometry, which involves taking measurements of the Earth's magnetic field found in the soil at the site.


I wonder what those other shapes were in the top of the pic? Were longhouses that shape?



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:40 AM
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a reply to: EartOccupant

The picture used in is from Trelleborg. It is from the time of Harald Blåtand. In English he is called Harold Bluetooth - which is also the founding name for the bluetooth technology today.

The new Trelleborg discovered is still under ground.

en.wikipedia.org...



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:42 AM
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originally posted by: Mianeye
a reply to: EartOccupant

Because the pic is not the discovery, the pic is Trelleborg, another viking fortress


Oh jeez, I hate it when they do that. It happens all the time with bogus pics, nice catch.



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:51 AM
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a reply to: Mianeye

Mea Culpa!



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 07:55 AM
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a reply to: Mianeye

thanks, I amended the post



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 09:13 AM
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I found more information on it here



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 10:01 AM
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a reply to: weirdguy

Journalists do that - they are not particularly concerned with historical accuracy.



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 10:17 AM
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worlds largest ashtray?



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 10:25 AM
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a reply to: PLAYERONE01

It provided an easy to make way to keep your domestic animals safe and helped prevent your position being rushed at night.



posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 08:22 PM
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a reply to: weirdguy

Yes, it is a picture of trelleborg, not the discovery, and they were more 'barracks' than longhouses. They had living quarters in a certain fashion, some people believe they were arranged to coincide with astronomy.




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