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Academia, Travel, Uncategorized, Western Denmark

lindholm høje, a viking burial ground

Concealed by meters of sand for centuries, this Viking burial ground was uncovered in the 1950s on a hill overlooking the city of Aalborg, Denmark. Vikings were buried with a view.

The site dates back to the Iron Age and Viking Age – approximately 400 to 1000 CE – and provided a wealth of information to archaeologists about Viking traditions. Fun fact: Men were placed at triangular graves; women had circular ones. Some were cremated within their burial area, to release their souls and place them on a journey to the gods.

Since the burial ground has a great location, close to water and overlooking the city, several settlements were built on top of the graves. Several building foundations can be seen on the site as well. Little did they know, they were living on top of a cemetery… Makes me wonder how many people today are doing the exact same thing.

Today, Lindholm Høje (Lindholm Hills) is open for educational tours and is apparently also used for Danish military drills. There is also an adjacent museum exhibiting excavated valuables, reconstructed boats and homes, and other Viking relics/reenactments (apparently, blue dye was made from the fermented urine of drunk men – obviously the archaeologists had to test that theory for themselves…)

Lindholm Høje, Vendilavej 11, 9400 Nørresundby

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