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‘Lost’ 1000-year-old fortress in Denmark to shed light on how Vikings lived

A historic discovery of a fifth Viking ring fortress in Denmark is finally being celebrated in grand style this week, two years after it was unearthed.

Køge fortress though to be similar in origin to this Viking fortress in Trellborg. Image by Nelson L. / CC BY 2.0
Køge fortresses understood to be very similar in origin to this Viking fortress in Trellborg. Image by Nelson L. / CC BY 2.0 Image by Nelson L. / CC BY 2.0

The 1,000 years of secret treasures found by archaeologists in the circular Viking fortress just west of the Zealand town of Køge is expected to contribute enormously to popular knowledge on the Viking Age. The Local reports that this discovery in 2014 was made some 60 years after the fourth fortress was uncovered.

The new fortress discovery may shed light on the Viking Age
The new fortress discovery may shed light on the habits of the Viking Age Image by Hans Splinter / CC BY 2.0

Queen Margrethe officially unveiled the ‘Borgring’ on Monday and from 1 June, it is being open to the public. Officials believe that the newest discovery will draw up to 30,000 tourists every year.

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Following the latest unearthing of the Bordering fortress, Denmark now has five major Viking fortress discoveries Image by Adrian Zacharski

Archaeologist Jens Ulriksen said presenting the find to the Queen came at the end of two years “excitement” working on the project. He told the news agency Ritzau that the find could provide vital new information on both fortresses and the Viking Age itself. He said it was rare to get to work on such a major excavation, particularly as large-scale digging had been reduced since the 1960s.

The Borgring fortress joins the four previous discoveries -Aggersborg and Fyrkat in northern Jutland, Nonnebakken near Odense and Trelleborg in western Zealand. They date back to the rule of Harald Bluetooth from 958 to his death in 985 or 986. The University of Aarhus’s Archaeological IT has made a 3D reconstruction of the Borgring fortress.