Aarhus is the second-largest city in Denmark. The site is located southeast of Randers near the
town of Mosekær|
An aerial view of the site with the areas being excavated marked. Mosekær is the collection of buildings directly under the propeller. No. 2 is the smaller of the two sites discussed below, near the crest of a hill. No. 1 is the large site discussed at the end of this page.
|Note: For some context (i.e., what are they looking for?), go to the end of this file.|
4. Sunday, Aug. 7. Excavation of the "feature" (very dark area, upper left) has begun (Chris, Dom)
9. Monday, Aug. 8. Taping the excavation for drawing.& drawing (Allen, Yoshi, Ed, Gareth)
12. Pictures from weeks two and three (with thanks to Chris):
Evidence of three long-houses aligned along a "street" with an an area of metalworking (probably 6th to 7th century). Contemporary with this: a large Grubenhaus with some mid- to late 6th-century evidence in its demolition fill, along with fragments (probably 8th to 9th century). Textile spinning evidence also found.
13. Some of the 400+ objects found in 2004:
|Pina, Kris, Ed, Dom, Vir, Immy|
Here are two pictures from the Parabow website to give you an idea of what kinds of things (besides high-status objects like those above) archaeologists are looking for on digs like this one. Parabow (Preservation and Reconstruction of Ancient Buildings of Wood) involves partners from eight European countries; see the Parabow homepage for more. Remember that these images from the Parabow website are not from the site in Denmark shown above.
1. The excavation of a long house looks like this: dark earth shows where there was a pit, post
2. This is a reconstruction based on the excavated area. The posts from such structured have long
since disappeared but can be detected from the contrast between the soil used to fill post holes
and the surrounding soil.
3. This reconstruction of a building in Chalton, Hampshire, shows posts set into continuous
trenches and walls made of wattle.
The superstructure is conjectural. Source: Addyman, fig. 10, p. 305.
September 3, 2005