the dig the archaeologists could see that the oak posts had been
driven into the clay. No ditch had been dug out first as had been the
case when working on the remaining 1440 metre-long stockade. So the
site must have been moist with water during the Viking Age.
archaeologists want to carry out a minor examination of the line of
the stockade found in the Smith’s Pond, and they hope to find a
sufficiently well preserved post to take up and date according to the
growth rings, and then they will know precisely which year and perhaps
which time of the year the tree was felled.
is quite likely that more posts can be found in the part of the
Smith’s Pond where digging has not yet been undertaken. If an exact
year can be found through the dating of the growth rings, it may be
possible for the archaeologists to link the stockade in Jelling
historically with Ravningebroen and
ringborgene, which were built between 979 and 981 during the reign of
a closer examination of the remains of the stockade at the bottom of
the Smith’s Pond, it may be possible to have more detailed
information on the construction of the area.
Largest Viking Area in Denmark
stockade which encircled the royal estate, runestenene (the
runic stones) and the two gravhøje (mounds)
was found in 2005 in Jelling. It measured 360x360 metres, altogether
1440 metres of stockade about three metres high. It is the largest
Viking area in Denmark. In 1994 it was included in UNESCO´s World
Heritage List where also Stonehenge and The Chinese Wall are featured.
Arkæolog Peter Jensen, Moesgård