The latest news about the Ladby king’s homeland

05. August 2015 | Vikingemuseum Ladby

Skillful metal detector operators have contributed a great deal over the last several years to giving archaeologists new information about northeast Funen in the late Iron Age and the Viking period. The detector guys have found settlements we didn’t know about and have handed over thousands of metal finds that tell a great deal about the homeland of the Ladby king.

Starting on Wed. July 1, the Viking Museum at Ladby will show finds from the latest sites. There is a small silver treasure hoard found in May on the top of Munkebo Hill. The treasure includes Arabian silver coins, so-called dirhems, along with several pieces of silver bars or jewellry that had been cut into pieces. The Museums of Eastern Funen carried out an archaeological examination of the site, in cooperation with detector operators, to find out more about it. We now know that the silver treasure lay just to the east of a Viking-era house with a fence around it.

The other silver find on display is from Kertinge Mark. Detectors have also revealed fragments of Arabian dirhems here, indicating that someone long ago either dropped or buried a little collection of silver for safekeeping. The same site also revealed weights for a scale and several pieces of jewellery and objects of high quality. There must have been a wealthy settlement here in the late Iron Age and the Viking period.

 

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Launching the Ladby Dragon
Thursday, May 11, 6 PM
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Track the creation of the Ladby Tapestry
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News

New light on the past
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Vikingemuseet Ladby

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