New light on the past

04. April 2017 | Landscape & Archaeology

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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.

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