"The greatest hall under heaven" unearthed in Denmark

Much of the action in the epic poem Beowulf takes place in the great hall. Now archaeologists in Denmark believe they have discovered the great royal feasting hall described in the poem as "the greatest hall under heaven."

The hall has been found at the excavation of Lejre, Denmark's earliest capital, 23 miles west of Copenhagen. Along with construction methods, experts have been able to determine the diet of the 6th century royal Danes: suckling pig, beef, mutton, goat meat, venison, goose, duck, chicken and fish.

“For the first time, archaeology has given us a glimpse of life in the key royal Danish site associated with the Beowulf legend’’, said project director Dr. Christensen, curator of Denmark’s Roskilde Museum, four miles from Lejre.