Hall Even Older Than First Assumed
29. May 2019 |
What we believed was a large Viking hall on Munkebo Hill turns out to be the biggest building on Funen from the Late Germanic Iron Age.
There was great excitement in June 2018 when we found traces of a huge hall on the top of Munkebo Hill. At the time we assumed the hall had been established somewhere between the 9th and 10th centuries, which would make it the largest Viking hall on Funen. However, carbon-14 dating has now revealed that the hall is even older, dating right back to the 7th or 8th century: in other words to the Late Germanic Iron Age.
Munkebo Hill also played a major role before the Viking Age
The large hall building and the powerful fence that runs alongside it have now been carbon-14 dated to between 650 and 750 AD, a period also referred to as the Late Germanic Iron Age. This shows that Munkebo Hill already played a major role in the centuries leading up to the Viking Age. It was during this period that the outlines of a Danish kingdom began to emerge.
Possible parallel to the royal residences at Tissø and Lejre
The archaeologist, Malene Refshauge Beck sees several parallels between the finds on Munkebo Hill and the large royal residences that were discovered at Lejre and Tissø: “We have not yet investigated Munkebo Hill sufficiently to say for certain that this is a royal residence. But several features indicate that the building was linked to a nobleman. These include the fenced area, the large hall, the striking location, the connection to older monuments (burial mounds from the Bronze Age) and several small amulets we have found in the form of speartips and a little man in a helmet,” she says.