2006, while the excavation of the northern end of the stone ship
was under way, traces were found of a very strongly built
little later when the western side of the stockade was
unearthed, a little charcoal was found in one of the holes. It
was analysed according to the carbon 14 dating method, and it
turned out that the stockade was from approximately the year
900, which means the times of the Vikings, the times of Gorm the
Old, and Harold Bluetooth.
stockade is about 375 metres on either side and covers an area
of approximately 12 hectares or 12 football fields.
judge from the traces and the bulges the stockade had consisted
of upright, closely placed posts constructed with fortifications
for every 1,5 metres by supporting posts on either side.
post holes have been as deep as 1.20-1.50 metres, and because
they were packed with stones and clay on both sides, the
stockade has been extremely strong.
the northern part of the stockade there has been a gate, on both
sides of which there were two post holes, which indicates that
the entrance has been covered.
archaeologists estimate the stockade to have been as high as
three metres, and most likely a watchman’s gallery has existed
can be seen that the shape of the stockade fits with the shape
of the stone ship.
The prow and the stern of the stone ship fit
perfectly inside the stockade. A lab report on the age of the
stone ship showed that it is from around the year 900, perhaps a
little earlier. We know that the stone ship is placed under the
South Mound, and that the South Mound was erected no later than