Erritsø - new investigations of an aristocratic, early Viking Age manor in Western Denmark c. 700-850 AD

Anne Pedersen, Mads Ravn, Christian Juel, Charlotta Lindblom

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In 2006 and 2007 remains of an unusual Late Iron-Age and Early Viking-Age settlement came to light during a rescue excavation at Erritsø, a few hundred metres from the present older bridge connecting the Jutland peninsular with the island of Funen. Most conspicuous were a moat (110 by 110m square) and palisade which surrounded a prominent main hall building. The hall was connected with an inner fence and a small building. Investigations at the site were resumed in 2015. Geophysical investigation followed by archaeological excavation in 2016 revealed that the settlement was more extensive, and 14C-dating of samples from the new excavation provided dates in the 8th and 9th centuries. The site has a highly strategic location and was no doubt important both in practical terms and as a manifestation of control of land and sea traffic the area. Investigations have continued in 2018-19.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarly medieval waterscapes. Risk and opportunities for (im)material cultural exchange. Neue Studien zur Sachsenforschung
EditorsRica Annaert
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationBrussel
PublisherOnroerend Erfoged
Publication date2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event67th Sachsensymposion in Antwerp: Early medieval waterscapes. Risks and opportunities for (im)material cultural exchange - Antwerpen, Belgium
Duration: 17 Sept 201619 Sept 2016
Conference number: 67


Conference67th Sachsensymposion in Antwerp
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SeriesNeue Studien zur Sachenforschung

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