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Remains of a support between the horns were found but the original lengths of these could not be determined with certainty. By placing the Hjortspring find in its ship-archaeological context only through discussion of the development of boat-building technology, he limits that context to construction, in the process calling to mind that somewhat tired concept of a linear trajectory of boat-building hjrtspring evolutionand misses out on engaging with fuller depositional or socio-cultural contexts.

The lack of written evidence for free merchants and the operation of merchant ships before the second half of the 12th century is probably a result of low contemporary standards of literacy and archive keeping. The different layers of the carvel-built ships, consisting of deck planks, inner planking, framing, outer planking in up to seven layers were uncovered, recorded and surveyed in sequence.

These 2 locations in All: Subsequently the barrier was extended with the erection of posts and fascines but warsyip the use of more ships. Skip to main content. The ship is the smallest ship of the find, originally about By clicking “accept” you give your permission to this website to use tracking cookies. Originally, light adzes were probably used for hewing but this would have called ni extensive training and it pre-rlman estimated that there would be no very great difference between the finished results.

Pre-goman the first day, the distance covered was The horns have not proved to be of significance for the strength of the boat, but the forward keel ex-tension is useful when beaching the vessel. The construction and organisation of the ship-grave show, however, that we are here dealing with a person of particularly great importance.


Hjortspring: a Pre-Roman Iron-Age Warship in Context

Hospitality was used then, as both earlier and later, as an effective means of entering into agreements and alliances. Later, analyses were made of the caulking and other materials 3. Within the context of merchant seafaring in Danish waters between andthe written sources are silent in respect to at least two questions: Calculations of the strength of the hull demonstrate that such a vessel is technically feasible, and the construction with the longitudinal elements.

There is currently some debate over the merits and validity of specific vs representative experimental boat-building projects; that is reconstruction vs replica, with the former being based on excavated remains and the later on other, often iconographic sources. It is, however, the extensive use of second-rate materials and a relaxed attitude to the aesthetic qualities that characterise the construction of Skuldelev 5, in contrast to other ships of this period.

The old Chinese tradition for dragon-boat races, revived as a modern competitive sport with light boats manned in a similar way as the Hjortspring boat, provided a starting point for the trials. In addition to having had a function in connection with the transfer of goods and as a control-point for traffic on the fjord, Ladby may have been a crossing point for Lille Viby on Hindsholm, where both archaeological finds and place-names may reflect important Viking-Age sites.

The Skuldelev Ships I. The initial stability of the boat is very low but satisfactory for the vessel when loaded.

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Another change in warfare is indicated by the rock carvings at Tegneby-Litseby near Tanum, where horsemen appear with spears and rectangular shields in battle scenes. The aftermost part of the keel and the sternpost had been sheathed with copper plates. In order to achieve a deeper understanding of the background for the existence of the ship-grave, an investigation was carried out of the burial site where the ship-grave is situated and of the possibly associated settlement, as well as of the settlement-development in the local area from around the time of the birth of Christ to the early Middle Ages.


Hoards, Prehistoric — Denmark — Hjortspring Site. It was re-built ca.

Dermed er de meget tungere end de nordiske, hvor de tilsvarende tal ligger mellem 21 kg og 38 kg. The finds of large cargo vessels are distinguished from other cargo ship-finds by three features: Physical Description p.

Hjortspring – A Pre-Roman Iron-Age Warship in Context

The fact that the ship was not made specifically for the burial can be seen partly from the traces of repairs and partly from the existence of caulking. The fore stem section of this ship has a specially full and rounded form, where the two topmost pre-romam lean in over at the top ‘tumble home’.

The idea for cntext the reconstruction arose inwhen the town of Nordborg encouraged the development of projects that would make it and the region more widely known. Tags What are tags?

The Hjortspring find and its weapons reflect an invading, non-local army of about men who attacked residents of the island of Als in the fourth century BC. The bog where the boat parts were found lies approximately 10 to 12 m above sea level and m from the present shoreline. A similar symbolic content can be attributed to the hjoortspring only preserved spur, and it seems reason-able to suppose that the dead person was laid in the grave with his spurs on.

After much of the grave-contents had been destroyed and selected pieces of the grave-goods had probably been removed, the rest were shovelled back into the stern of the ship.

The bottom or keel element was the longest individual timber of the hjortslring, with a length of 15 m, a breadth of 56 cm, and a thickness of 3 cm in the centre, diminishing towards the edges.