reply to post by smyleegrl
Hello Smyleegrl. I saw this find as well over the last few days being discussed, and appeared to have open a similar Thread in the Ancient area. Your
thread/article didn't come up in the Search Engine which is pretty good at eliminating duplicate threads, but none the less, I find this to be a very
interesting situation that is being uncovered.
A few things here I noted, which seems to be lost.
The Area is 100 Acres!
That's not a Mass Grave, akin to what is found in the "Old East Block" or Africa and such. Those are persons piled in "Pits" and done so, in a
manner of Disposal. There was no Sacrificial Significance, (No SS Pun intended
) to what was done there.
This is an extremely different situation, which needs clear definition. Hopefully that will come in the days ahead.
Next is the premise of the Viking's, which has been discussed, but I would not dismiss these peoples from being involved in some form.
What we "KNOW" today as Historical, is only a reflection of what has been recorded in the past. The Vikings have a connection in some manner with
the Area being noted, and had to arrive in that region at some point in the past. I have never really seen an indicator ever presented as to when the
"Viking's" became the Viking's. These peoples may have been in this region from 400 BCE for all we know today.
What can be noted is the Force that is spread over the 100 Acre Site was a Fighting Force, which seemed to be equipped, but ended up Slaughtered,
And due to the size of this area, they are not finding everyone. From your own link, it was noted
"We've done small test digs at different places in a 40-hectare (100-acre) wetlands area, and new finds keep emerging," Ejvind Hertz of
Skanderborg Museum, who is directing the dig, said.
This suggests there are many of these remains that are not being located and possibly will never be located.
Also while I was reviewing further materials, I found another Link
which spoke of this find along with other details of the region.
First, there is funding for this project
In 2011, a collaboration between Skanderborg Museum and University of Aarhus’ Department of Prehistoric Archaeology succeeded in gaining a 1.5
million DDK grant from the Carlsberg Foundation to begin a research project titled: The army and post-war rituals in the Iron Age - warriors
sacrificed in the bog at Alken Enge in Illerup Ådal.
Other discoveries at Alken Enge
The discovery of human skeletal remains at the Alken Enge location has come as no surprise. With several well-known sacrificial locations of
different character in the river valley of Illerup Ådal, also known as the "Holy Valley", there is no doubt that the area has been a focal point
for a wider hinterland as a place to conduct sacrificial rituals, which appear to have taken place regularly during the Iron Age. Forlev Nymølle is a
well-known ritual location where more every-day sacrifice patterns in the form of pottery, stone collections and various other manufactured wooden
objects have been found. One of these wooden objects has been interpreted as a female goddess figurine. It is thought that several of the other
excavated objects could have been sacrificed to this goddess.
Alken Wetlands is primarily interesting in connection with the discovery of sacrificed warriors, but there are also other sacrifices of various kinds
with various datings. Within the deposited peat layers in roughly the same horizon as the human remains, a discovery was made of three lanceheads in
iron and a shield of wood. The weapon finds are generally so few in number that they are not considered to have been sacrificed. In several horizons
there are large amounts of manufactured and raw wood. The manufactured wood consists of both wood planks and timber, both smaller and larger in
dimension. A myriad of more or less vertical sticks that have been hammered down are also found in the peat layers. Furthermore, pottery has been
discovered, which can be dated from the Early Pre-Roman Iron Age to Early Medieval. Moreover, several excavation sites were found to contain
sacrificed animal bones. In conclusion, the location of Alken Wetlands is thought to be a temporally very complex sacrificial location.
It is very interesting to say the least.