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Viking Ring Fortress Will Be Excavated

Friday, October 09, 2015

Viking Borgring droneCOPENHAGEN, DENMARK—Archaeologists from the Danish Castle Center and Aarhus University are preparing to begin the excavation of a fifth ring fortress discovered last year with drone technology. “With the use of modern archaeological methods the scientists and archaeologists will investigate how the fortresses were used, how they were organized, how quickly they were built, their age and what environment, landscape, and geography they were a part of,” read a statement from the Danish Castle Center reported in The Copenhagen Post. The excavations could reveal if “Borgring” was built by the Danish king Harald Bluetooth. According to the report, “The five ring fortresses are practically identical and must have been built by the same powerful person. Despite their impressive size they lack descriptions in historic sources.” To read more, go to "The First Vikings."

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