Whitewashing showed high Viking status

The discovery of a lime kiln near the Viking royal hall at Tissø has led archaeologists to believe that high status Nords whitewashed their walls. The 9th century kiln is Denmark’s oldest known lime burning oven. (photo)

While only the base of the oven was found, experts were able to determine its use by a layer of ash and white lime pieces unearthed at the site. ”We can now say that lime burning has been taking place in Denmark much earlier than previously thought. We did know that some Viking halls were whitewashed, because we have found traces of lime on mud walls, but now we also know that the Vikings burned lime themselves," says Sandie Holst, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Denmark.