Topic ID #42017 - posted 1/20/2020 3:26 PM

Viking Archaeology Sorte Muld, Denmark – Institute For Field Research


Sorte Muld, meaning black soil, is located in the Island of Bornholm, Denmark and has been referred to as “the field of gold” by medieval scholars because of the findings made there since early periods. Sorte Muld, is perhaps, the finest Iron Age – Early Viking settlement in Denmark and includes traces of settlements from c. 100 BC to AD 1000. The finds already made at the site and the area of the settlement still remaining in the countryside require scientific work. The purpose of research is to establish a general perspective on Sorte Muld and to make the history and the fines discovered at the site accessible to the public as well as to pave the way for the conservation of the site. This project seeks to understand the architectural pattern and use of a long house located near the main temple during the Early Viking Age.

The primary excavation carried out at the site focuses on the main period of occupation, but this particular excavation aims to seek more detailed answers to general questions regarding the Baltic and North European aspects during the Early Viking Age:

  • What was the importance of the site in the region during the Early Viking occupation?
  • How did they use and/or modify the previous Iron Age settlement pattern?
  • What is the relation of the long house to the main temple?
  • How did the Viking society residing in Sorte Muld function and develop and what did their everyday life look like?

Our goal is not only to explore the richness of the archaeological material found at the site, but also to study the history of the Early Viking occupation after the height of the site during the Iron Age.


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