Last Update: 15 July 2017.
An amateur archaeologist found a Viking Age toolbox in 2014 in Lellinge, Denmark (Vintage News). The Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University then sent in the troops and a team of archaeologists excavated the area. Their discovery? This toolbox had been inside a burned down gatehouse of what must have been a fortress.
The fortress is known as the Borgring. It is similar to other Danish Viking Age fortresses built during the reign of king Harald Bluetooth, probably around the 980s. Now, a few years after finding the toolbox, the fortress is slowly revealing itself. Laser equipment has confirmed and visualised the broad outline of the fortress (Aarhus University Press Release, September 2014). Furthermore, the general time period has been confirmed by radio-carbon dating of the burned wood at the gates, putting the building firmly in the tenth century (Aarhus University Press Release, November 2014).
At the time, the team did not find much evidence, except for a lone glass bead (Science Nordic, June 2016). But a few years later in 2016, pottery was found at the northern and eastern gates. This type of pottery was the same in both areas and better known as Stamford ware. It is predominantly found in England and only a few pieces in Denmark and Sweden from a time period associated with Cnut the Great. Cnut was Harald’s grandson and ruler of England, Denmark and Sweden from 1016 onwards. Another interesting detail about the pottery is that it is found in a layer above the burned soil. This indicates that the fortress was back in use even after a fire had destroyed (parts of) it (Science Nordic, July 2017).
Now, its July 2017 and there’s another break-through. The archaeologists have dug deep and gone beneath the layer of burned soil. They found pieces of preserved oak wood that was sent for dendrology research (Aarhus University Press Release, July 2017).The results have come back and give a precise date: 966.(Videnskab.dk, Heritage Daily).
A second remarkable find this year, are wheel tracks in the ground filled with pebbles. Archaeologists are now trying to figure out if the pre-date or post-date the fire (Science Nordic, July 2017).