Ancient Viking Fortress Discovered In Denmark Traced Back To Reign Of ‘Bluetooth’ King

harald bluetooth fortress

Archaeologists are one step closer to solving the mystery of the ancient Viking fortress found near the Danish city of Køge, about 30 miles southwest of Copenhagen.

The fortress, a circular structure about 475 feet in diameter, was discovered last September. Now the researchers have confirmed that it dates back to the reign of King Harald Bluetooth, who lived from about 935 to 985 A.D.

“We can’t say whether or not it’s Harald Bluetooth’s fortress yet, but now that we’ve dated it to the 10th Century, the trail is getting hotter,” Dr. Søren Sindbæk, a professor of medieval archaeology at Denmark’s Aarhus University and one of the researchers involved in excavating the fortress, said in a written statement. “We already know that there’s a good chance that we’ll find conclusive evidence next year.”

(Story continues below photo.)

Researchers Søren M. Sindbæk and Nanna Holm show the remains of the burned planks at a gate of the fortress.

The researchers used carbon-14 dating on two logs found at the excavation site to measure the age of the fortress. Carbon dating involves measuring levels of carbon-14 and other radioisotopes in organic materials.

“The two samples were both taken —> Read More Here


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *