The lost landscape of Borgring: geoarchaeological investigations into the navigation to, and location of, the Danish Viking Age ring fortress

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Abstract

Geoarchaeological investigations at Borgring, a recently identified Danish Viking Age ring fortress, reconstructs the original landscape, how it was modified to accommodate a structure of pre-defined size and the possibility of navigating along the nearby stream from the coast. Enlargement of the site was a large-scale project showing the willingness to invest significant resources in the precise placing of the fortress. Our investigations show that access by anything larger than a dinghy was impossible and therefore not important for the location and function of the fortress. This has implications for the functional interpretation of all Danish Viking Age ring fortresses.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDanish Journal of Archaeology
Volume10
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
ISSN2166-2290
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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