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A Viking Age barracks


Trelleborg near Slagelse is a Viking ring fortress. It dates back to 980 and was probably built by King Harald Bluetooth or his son Sweyn Forkbeard. It is one of four known ring fortresses that are unique to Danish territory. They are all built according to a strict…

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Aeral view of Trelleborg during the excavations 1960
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What were the ring fortresses used for?

Ring fortresses were military compounds for soldiers and their families in particular. The…

Multi-ethnic Vikings

Harald Bluetooth was a king who sought to strengthen the power of the Crown within Danish borders,…

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