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Has Herigar’s Hall Been Found in Birka?

There is a hot press release today! It is a sneak preview from the University of Stockholm.

Reconstruction: Jacques Vincent (

In 2016, a large hall or manor was found on the site of Birka, a major Swedish trading town in the Viking Age. Researchers discovered the building using archaeological geophysical tools.

Researchers believe this might be Herigar’s hall. They base this on the evidence, the site and its surroundings. This Herigar is mentioned in the medieval source on the life of bishop Ansgar. Ansgar travelled from Germany to Sweden around 830. He converted local pagans to Christianity, and Herigar is one of those named in the source..

Read the press release for more information.

And let’s wait and read the story when it is published in Archäologisches Korrespondenzblatt, Volume 2017/1.

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The rich history of the Viking Age is a source of inspiration for my web site The Viking Archive, and for writing stories in general.

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