Lonely Planet Writer

Amateur archaeologist's find could rewrite Denmark's history

A metal detectorist has found a 1100-year-old crucifix in Funen, Denmark, and experts believe that its discovery could challenge existing beliefs about Danish history.

Archaeological find could rewrite Danish history.
Archaeological find could rewrite Danish history. Image by Adrian Zacharski

Dennis Fabricius Holm uncovered the piece, depicting Jesus on the cross, last week, and archeologists say that it indicates Christianity was introduced to Denmark earlier than they first thought. An almost identical piece dating from the early 900s was found in Sweden and, until now, historians have thought that the Jelling Stones – dating to 965 – are the earliest depiction in Denmark of Jesus’ crucifixion. The crucifix will be put on display in summer at the Viking Museum Ladby in Kerteminde. Read more: cphpost.dk