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The digger, about to take his first bite
Chris and Gareth
First features emerging: the large dark area in the foreground possibly a craft hut (Grubenhaus), or, if not, a large pit.
Yossi & Rauna pushing the radar
Karen & Allen
Lloyd, Ed, Garetth on the spoil heap of Trench 5.
Second day: Trench 4.
Third day: Trench 3.
This seems to be by far the richest and most complex of the three trenches opened in 2008. Enough with the digger, I know, but finally some decent light! The big yellow machine reminded me of a crane I played with when I was a kid.
The large black area, clearest in the first photo below, contains ash and burned rock (and no doubt much more), suggesting that this area, which slopes downward, was used for disposal. There seems to be a large number of postholes on the opposite side of the trench, visible on the right of the 2nd photo and also in the 3rd photo below.
Deeper cuts were made on two sides of the trench, one seen in the photo below. Both cuts revealed yellow soil beneath the black area and contained neolithic pottery, suggesting something of the age of the settlement.
Gareth and Ed, Trench 4
Around the summer house in Føllestrand, about 20 minutes from the dig.
At Follestrand (near the rental house)
Ed, Gareth, Immy, Ann, Allen
One of the most famous excavations in Danish history, Lindholm høje was much-discussed and much-dug by amateurs before the Danish government stepped in and supervised a major excavation in the 1950s. It is a remarkably well-preserved village (series of villages, really) with a celebrated cemetery, the graves laid out as circles, triangles, and ship-shapes outlined with large stones.
Inside the museum, models showing the village and the cemetery (at right, top picture)
Garth, Ann, & Ed among the graves.
Inside the museum, the interior of a longhouse:
Iron handles for pots
Out of doors, so to speak
Firkat, a Viking center, includes an extensive farm, near Hobro. This is about everyday Vikings. The museum curator, Anna Mette Gielsager, has written about Viking food, including a cookbook.
Allen grinding some corn--not a job for a hot summer day. Gareth baking a corn cake.
Nearby, a large enclosed fort, with the ground plan of four houses clearly visible.