One or more perpetrators dug in the easter of several deep holes on the protected archaeological site in north Jutland, Lindholm Høje Museum.
the Staff at the museum discovered the holes on easter Sunday, and the extensive vandalism has occurred among højens almost 700 iconic rockeries, each of which marks a grave from the younger iron age and the viking age.
this was stated by The North jutland Historical Museum in a press release.
As you can see on the pictures here in the article, the perpetrators dug holes in the archaeological site, and because the vandalism is so extensive as it is, the museum has chosen to politianmelde the incident.
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Lindholm Høje is excavated many years ago, so if the perpetrators had hoped to make a spectacular vikingefund, then there is nothing to come after. Photo: North jutland Historical Museum
- It works spectacularly with two random holes of the size right there. We can see that there is used a small feltspade to dig with, and that the holes are 30-40 cm deep. It is of such serious nature, that where we ordinarily would report the vandalism to the Slots - and the Danish agency for culture, so we have been forced to politianmelde it this time, says Lone Andersen, who is an archaeologist and museum curator at The Historical Museum, and has responsibility for the supervision of listed ancient monuments in north Jutland, denmark, in the press release.
the Curator says that it is not the first time this kind of thing happens.
in Fact, it is a growing trend, she says.
- Each time it happens, it goes directly in my archaeology-heart. It is a mixture of frustration and grief: and he that some people have as bad a moral. It is extremely hideous to look at, she says.
Even if you know nothing of the motive for the vandalism, but the museum itself estimates that the unknown perpetrators hoped to make 'a spectacular vikingefund'.
- It is really stupid, the whole area is excavated many years ago, so there is nothing to come after, says museum director Lars Christian Nørbach from the North jutland Historical Museum in the press release.
At Slots and the Danish agency for culture, take the vandalism very seriously, and believe that it is equivalent to committing vandalism at a cemetery.
- Lindholm Høje is one of Denmark's most iconic and most visited ancient monuments, and it has great importance for the understanding of life in the younger iron age and the viking period. Therefore, it is really too bad that someone has been to destroy a part of our common cultural heritage, " says Lars Bjarke Christensen, consultant and archaeologist mag.art, in the Slots and the Danish agency for culture in the press release.
- They have destroyed a part of our shared history, and the devastation is equivalent to a man going out on a cemetery, overturning tombstones and digging in the ground, he says.
It may cost the museum, up to 100,000 crowns to restore the archaeological site.