From to and from to MOMU made excavations in the area around the river valley of Illerup Ådal, south of Aarhus. Here they discovered. Illerup Adal 11 and 12 (2 vols) by Marcin Biborski, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. One of the greatest accumulated finds of Roman military equipment ever has occurred in Denmark in the Illerup Adal near the town of Skanderborg. It was in this.

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Landesmuseum Schleswig-Holstein in Schleswig, Germany. Moesgaard Museum in Aarhus; Denmark. Neues Museum in Berlin, Germany. Museums in Athens and Olympia.

Illerup Adal, Volumes : Claus Von Carnap-Bornheim :

Large Pictures chapter Illerup Swords with Special Patterns. Large Pictures 2 – Chapter Northern Sword Types of the First Millennium. Additional Pictures chapter Old Sagas, Heroes and Swords. Theoderic’s “Thank You” letter. When the area was drained infirst discoveries were made – and it has never quite stopped ever since. The conditions were excellent illdrup a lot of artifacts including swords in near perfect conditions were found.

Many are shown in the Moesgard museum not too far form Illerup. A first systematic dig took place in ; artifacts were discovered in an area of about m 2.

Between – an area of about Remains of at least dead warriors were found, just about 2 km from one of the places of major weapon sacrifices.


Here goes the “sacrificed weapons were brought back form successful business trips” hypothesis! Not much seems to have been published about the mass grave. It appears that the mostly young men came from Norway and were killed on the battle field, left to rot for a while, with the remains eventually “sacrificed”, i.

A lot more bones are waiting for discovery up to men is the guess. This mass murder, in line with the quaint old customs of the time “vae victis”; woe to the vanquished ones took place around 50 AD, long before the first known weapon sacrifice. We need to wait for what else will come up, and how this new discovery will change the present viewpoint about Danish bog sacrifices. Other volumes deal with spear and lance points, personal belongings comb, tools, Three major and apparently unrelated places A,B, C.

The three places have some special characteristics: All over the bog. Large amount of stuff; sunk in the middle of the old lake from a qdal.

Only one large deposit; early C1b: Besides weapons, we have gold, silver, spear shafts, shield boards, ropes, cords, leather, textiles tools, wooden vessels, spoons, beads, four horses and a cow. Dendrochronology of the shield boards shows that the deposition was soon after AD, the last coin found was minted in AD.


Small area at the south shore of the ancient lake.

Illerup Ådal – Wikipedia

Partially mixed up with illeru A Place C: East of place C. Around C3 – D1, i. Sacrifices from D1, i. Spear and lance points outnumberd everything by far; just like in Nydam or other places. Here is what they look like:. Lance top and spear bottom spoints Large picture.

Photographed at the Landesmuseum Schleswig.

Illerup Adal 11 and 12 (2 vols)

Maybe the proto Vikings there felt the urge for a bit of adventure every now and then and went on boat trips to their southern neighbors, sometimes without return ticket. Interestingly, the spear, lances shields etc, were made in Scandinavia while most of the swords, as well as many sword sheaths and belts, were imported from the Roman empire. Most swords were pattern welded, some displayed the complex chevrons and palmette patterns. I have dealt with that in detail in another module.

Illerup Adal: Die Lanzen und Speere [Hardback]

The link leads to the critical museum guide where you can read in detail why Illerip liked that museum a lot but was not always happy about details. The picture below gives a taste treat. Photographed in the Moesgaard museum ,