[ Tibirke]


At some point in the early Iron Age (500 BC – 0 AD), a road was laid in the marshlands of Ellemosen at the foot of Tibirke Bakker in North Zealand. The road runs from solid ground across the wetlands of Ramløse River, where two islets reach out to each other. This solidly laid road, with its foundation of branches and brushwood overlaid with paving around three metres across, is edged with large oval stones. Alongside the road, a row of stepping stones was laid a couple of centuries later, perhaps because the older road had become overgrown.

Roadway on 600 hazel stakes

  • Story written by: Pernille Foss
  • Time / Periode -2800 -200

Although the road is ancient, it is not the first to have been built on this site. A more than 4,500-year-old road made of stakes runs alongside and in some places under the Iron Age road. In the Neolithic period, around the time of the construction of the large passage graves, Ellemosen was a shallow fjord connected with the Kattegat sea area. At that time, one of the islets was a small island, and it was to this island that a road was built from more than 600 hazel stakes. The stakes had been sharpened and hammered into the bed of the fjord in three rows. The stakes presumably supported several layers of branches or a row of planks, but if so, there was no evidence of them at the dig in 1943. The road led to a settlement on the island, but this has not yet been excavated.

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