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The Migration Period, southern Denmark and the North Sea

The Migration Period, southern Denmark and the North Sea

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The topic of this workbook, written by staff and students of the Maritime Archaeology Programme, is the Gredstedbro ship from the 7th century. The ship was found in 1945 during a normalization project on the stream Kongeåen (”King’s river”) in Southwest Jutland. Originally interpreted as remains of a bridge, a few pieces of the wood were torn off and stored at the museum in Ribe, and the location forgotten. Only 20 years later the timbers were recognized as ship timbers, but the parts that are still out there have yet to be found.

Pending further work on the site, the workbook covers aspects of the landscape, the cultural, social and political environment of the Early Middle Ages, and compares the timbers from Gredstedbro to other contemporary ship finds from Northern Europe. Ship finds from this period are rare, but in construction and dimensions, the Gredstedbro ship seems best to resemble the Sutton Hoo ship.
The topic of this workbook, written by staff and students of the Maritime Archaeology Programme, is the Gredstedbro ship from the 7th century. The ship was found in 1945 during a normalization project on the stream Kongeåen (”King’s river”) in Southwest Jutland. Originally interpreted as remains of a bridge, a few pieces of the wood were torn off and stored at the museum in Ribe, and the location forgotten. Only 20 years later the timbers were recognized as ship timbers, but the parts that are still out there have yet to be found.

Pending further work on the site, the workbook covers aspects of the landscape, the cultural, social and political environment of the Early Middle Ages, and compares the timbers from Gredstedbro to other contemporary ship finds from Northern Europe. Ship finds from this period are rare, but in construction and dimensions, the Gredstedbro ship seems best to resemble the Sutton Hoo ship.

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The years after the recognition of the timbers as being from a ship, several
surveys were made at the site, during which the banks of the river were
examined. Curator Mogens Bencard arranged with local boy scouts to probe
for the ship using steel rods. No records have been found as to the exact
location or extent of this survey, which was unsuccessful. A survey of the
river bank by local sports divers in 1966 was also without results, but again
there is no exact mentioning of the location and extent of this work in the
museum file.

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