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, April 26, 2018, 4:00-8:00 PM
The Viking Museum at Ladby

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The mast has been raised on the Ladby Dragon
26. September 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

Now the reconstructed Ladby Ship has been fitted out with mast and rigging.

We will soon expand the Viking Museum
26. September 2017
The Viking Museum at Ladby

With the newly acquired acreage (4.5 hectares, or 11.1 acres) at our disposal, we can now improve accessability, expand our teaching facilities and make the museum an even better place for an outing.

The Sword Bead from Munkebo Hill was a Showpiece
26. September 2017
Landscape & Archaeology

A proud and a wealthy Viking must have owned the sword that had a sword bead on it, which was found in connection with the excavations on Munkebo Hill.

In the Iron Age, they made iron at Selleberg
26. September 2017
Landscape & Archaeology

Two bloomeries (smelting furnaces) from ca. 200 AD were found between Marslev and Birkende.