Jelling - The Romanesque Stone Church. Publications from the National Museum. Studies in Archaeology & History vol. 20:5. Jelling Series

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Magnetometer surveys and resumed excavations in Jelling, Jutland, have indicated that the Viking-Age monuments, since 1994 a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were far more extensive that had previously been believed. The new discoveries also had implications for the interpretation of the central area of the complex between the two great mounds. This included the building sequence that had been identified beneath the Romanesque Stone Church. A building-archaeological investigation of the stone church and a new analysis of the early-medieval frescoes were therefore included in the research agenda of the National Museum's Jelling Project. Both initiatives involved digitisation of the data from previous investigations and underlined the potential of the old documentation of the church and its frescoes in the National Museum archives. Other studies focused on the use of calcareous tufa as a building material for churches and the transition from the use of wood to stone. In addition, the relationship between early medieval churches and ancient mounds of the past were examined, including the reuse of mounds as platforms for timber-built bell towers. The publication brings the results of the various projects together.
Translated title of the contributionJelling - Den romanske stenkirke
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationOdense
PublisherSyddansk Universitetsforlag
Number of pages310
ISBN (Print)9 788776023799
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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