The mysterious Viking fortress found in Denmark

The mysterious Viking fortress found in Denmark

As Søren Sindbæk, professor of medieval archeology at Aarhus University (the second largest city in Denmark), Vikings have always had a reputation for being true barbarians that they let themselves be carried away by their instincts on many occasions, although they were not really as fierce or simple as the cinema has made us see on occasion or another, or even literature.

Recently a group of archaeologists has discovered some 48 kilometers south of Copenhagen, the remains of what was once a viking fortress, a construction that according to the first studies and the information that both historians and scholars have, points to being a place that could be used to launch attacks against Great Britain for the purpose of carrying out an invasion.

This fortress is located on the Danish island of Zealand and is the fifth such fortress to be found in the country and the first to be discovered in over 60 years.

Lasse sonne, a historian from the University of Copenhagen, declared that even though there were Vikings in other countries, this kind of circular fortresses are practically exclusive to Denmark and this finding has become a surprise that surely will provide a large volume of information about this town.

According to the first studies, this fortress is dated around the end of the 10th century and one of its functions was to serve as a military training ground as well as barracks from where to launch invasions of Great Britain, one of the territories that the Vikings always wanted.

It has quite large dimensions when compared to previously discovered strengths. 145 meters in diameter and is composed of a circular embankment of about 10 meters in wide and also a palisade of logs.

Only A very small part of this construction has been excavated, which seems to be related in design with many others found in the country, all with a shared geometric pattern. In them we can see how the fortifications have exterior doors that coincide with the four cardinal points and a symmetrically divided interior courtyard.

Søren Sindbæk stated that, there is no doubt that this find can tell us many things about the Viking people, something that must be made the most of because not every day there are opportunities or discoveries of such importance as this.

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