Previously unknown buildings from the viking age have been found in Nordvestsjælland.
It writes science.dk.
the Buildings were, however, found in a little unconventional manner. They were found on Google Earth.
- I sit down a few days before christmas last year and looking at Google Earth. We have previously done some fund out there, so I thought that I would look for, says Michael Vennersdorf, curator at the Museum Vestsjælland, to Ekstra Bladet.
- I could immediately see that there was a vikingefund. I think that it had to be a lie. So I looked right a second time, but it was good enough, it was absolutely amazing.
It turns out that it is a so-called longhouse and some grubehuse, as Michael Vennersdorf have found.
Facts about the viking buildings
- A grubehus was a small building dug halfway into the ground. The houses have been used from about 200 century to the 1300s, and was typically used as a workshop or vævehytte.
- A longhouse was a large building with curved walls. Long-houses from the viking age was often used by people with a high status in the society.
Source: The great Danish and the national Museum.
the Longhouse is about 35 meters and it is a pretty special fund, since one rarely finds long-houses, in the size.
- It is not something you find every day, says Michael Vennersdorf.
An example of a reconstruction of a longhouse by the Trelleborg. Photo: Colourbox
It is not new in the field of archaeology, using satellite images to make prehistoric discoveries. Especially in Jutland it has been used much.
In Jylland, they have a different soil than on Sjælland, so that it is easier to see on the sattelitbilleder, explains Michael Vennersdorf.
But because Google Earth's satellite images are so good quality and they are taken at exactly the right time, archaeologists from the Museum Vestsjælland do found.
- We were so lucky that the satellite image is taken around the first of June, and that ripens the grain. And it's right in the period where you can see a color difference, says Michael Vennersdorf.
- there where There have been knock poles down in the ground, will the grain be a longer time to mature. Therefore, we look for the places where there still is green, though the rest of the grain is matured and yellow.
Below is the satellite imagery, as Michael Vennersdorf made the historic discovery. You can even see farveforskellene and find the prehistoric buildings? Similar is selected, if you drag in the image.
Although Michael Vennersdorf and the rest of the Museum Vestsjælland is excited about the findings, then they must arm themselves with patience.
- When one makes such a discovery, you just want to pull in the clothes and start digging, but we must wait a little yet, he says.
the Museum must go through a longer phase where they must first have permission to dig in the soil of the landowner, and so they must also discuss how, exactly, will seize the excavation.
But even though the museum has not started excavation yet, then they are already strong presumptions that the new findings can be linked with vikingefundene at Tissø.
- He, who has lived in the longhouse, we have found, have without a doubt known them from Tissø. They both have two long-houses, and, therefore, represents a power elite in the contemporary society. And even though we can't say it with certainty, then they have most likely known to each other personally, because langhusene is so rare, says Michael Vennersdorf.
Tissø excavations took place from 1995 to 2013. The excavations showing several buildings from around the 500 century to the mid-1500s.