New light on the past

04. April 2017 | Landscape & Archaeology

Data from several thousand detector finds will now, for the first time, will be gathered and studied to throw new light on the transition from the prehistoric period to the historic period (ca. 1050 - 1100 AD).

“From Central Space to Urban Place” is the title of the project involving archaeologists, place-name researchers and scientists, who will investigate the development that happened around Odense Fjord and in the area of the Limfjord (northern Jutland) in this transition period. In both areas, there are many rich find sites for metal objects, which indicates wealth and connections to the rest of the known world. But what happened when the first towns began to appear?

Previously unused resource
The project has a special focus on detector sites, and for the first time a study will be undertaken of all the many thousand detector finds turned over to museums in the last few years. They represent a previously unused resource that can now throw some light on an important period in Danish history.

A chain of warning fires
Teaching and learning are an important part of the project. On eastern Funen, there will be two spectacular teaching events. In the fall of 2017 (on the last weekend of the Autumn Break, Oct. 21 and 22), we will try to recreate a chain of warning fires from Funen’s Head through Hindsholm and on to Odense. The other event involves plans to launch a fleet of Viking ships with the help of light and water.
The project has received support from the Velux Foundation and is carried out in partnership with the City Museums of Odense, The Northern Jutland Historical Museum, Moesgaard Museum, the University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University and the University of Copenhagen.


Ghost ship in Kertinge Bay
September 8 - October 21, 7-10 PM
Munkebo Harbour

A Viking ghost ship will be created out of light and water alone, on the water off Munkebo Harbour.



The Ladby Dragon launched for a new season
18. June 2018
Vikingemuseet Ladby

The Ladby Dragon was launched along with a demonstration of Viking fighting and special holiday buns.

The new Viking house at Bytoften will be finished by the summer
28. March 2018
Landscape and Archaeology

The first turf has been dug for the new Viking house. It will tie things together at this exciting, recreative area with its deep historical roots.

The Ladby Dragon was in the finals of the Funen Culture Prize
5. December 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

We can say, with pride, that our beautiful Ladby Dragon, launched on May 11, 2016, was one of five finalists for the Funen Culture Prize 2017.

The signal made it!
5. December 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

It worked! It is possible to send a message over long distances with the help of beacons with signal fires - and it is fast!