A team of archaeologists has discovered a impressive Viking fortress south of Copenhagen, Denmark, built a little more than 1,000 years ago and called Borgring and that due to its complex construction the archaeologists explain that it is necessary to review the vision of this northern town.
The finding was made in the island of zealand, the largest in the country after Greenland, south of the capital Copenhagen, being the first major discovery of its kind in more than 60 years.
Four other structures of the same type had been discovered in the 1930s and after this new discovery the archaeologists invite to change the perception of this society, commonly described as a ruthless band of looters, when in reality they were capable of complex and technologically advanced constructions as evidenced by Borgring.
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It all started with the intrigue of the archaeologist's distribution of fortresses in Denmark Søren Michael Sindbæk from the University of Aarhus, who as co-author of a study called Antiquity, began to look for this type of construction in areas where its construction seemed logical from a strategic and accessibility point of view.
Together with his colleagues, he carried out high-resolution aerial surveys with Lidar technology, the same one that allowed find the White City in Honduras, among other things, and managed to find a large circular structure about 50 cm deep over a field. About the place it is not easy to imagine a viking fortress located there, but Lidar's analysis was convincing enough to carry out excavations and the discovery was huge.
Borgring: fortress founded by King Harald Blåtand
Borgring is 144 meters in diameter. Built with earth and wood, it had four access doors and inside two wooden paths crossed. The dating of the place indicates that the fortress was erected between the years 970 and 980, the same period in which those found previously were built, and it is highly probable that they were all founded under the reign of Harald Blåtand.
The researchers found various jewels and a carpenter's box very well preserved with many of its tools, at the time they detected that two of the four doors were burned, suggesting a bad ending for the Viking fortress and its inhabitants.
One difference they found with respect to other fortresses is that while the previous ones were occupied for periods of approximately 20 years, this one was occupied for several generations.
There are still doubts about its end, although the strongest hypothesis is that Borgring was destroyed by the Swedish Vikings so much for its proximityit's just off the swedish coast) as well as knowledge of a great battle between Swedes and Harald's troops a few years later.
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