Huge Circular Viking Fortress Discovered Near Copenhagen

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The remains of a huge circular Viking fortress have been discovered on the Vallø Estate, about 30 miles south of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand.

It represents the seventh ringed fortresses ever discovered yet.

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Archaeologists from Aarhus University and the Danish Castle Centre have discovered the remains of a huge circular Viking fortress on the Vallø Estate, about 30 miles south of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand.

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Only seven of these ringed fortresses have ever been discovered, all of them in Denmark or the southern tip of Sweden, and the last one was found 60 years ago.

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The image from the geomagnetic survey revealed a massive structure 475 feet in diameter, which makes it the third largest of the Trelleborg-type fortresses after Aggersborg (787 feet in diameter), in Limfjorden, Denmark, and Borgeby (492 feet in diameter) near Lund in Scania, Sweden. The inner ramparts are 35 feet wide and circular, surrounded by a spiked palisade. Four gates are placed at the cardinal points of the compass. This is the same plan as the other Trelleborg-type fortresses.

 

Its design is in keeping with the Trelleborg-type fortresses built by King Harald Bluetooth in around 980 A.D.

This is the first time for more than 60 years that a new Viking ringed fortress has been discovered in Denmark. It is a new and unique opportunity to learn more about the battles and conflicts of the Vikings.

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