Archeologists find gate in Danevirke

Archeologists in the German state of Schleswig-Holstein are excited over the discovery of a five-meter (16 feet) wide portal through the Danevirke, a 30-kilometer (19-mile) stone wall built across Norhtern Germany by the Norse in the 8th century. (photos)

The discovery is considered a "sensation" by the experts who had been long seeking such a portal between Denmark and Charlemagne's empire. They believe the wall was built to "protect an important trading route." The gate, called "Wiglesdor," was large enough to allow carts to travel through it. It appears that the area also included a customs station, an inn and a bordello.