Manor House Shows Posher Side of Viking Life

Copenhagen Post: A seventh century manor house discovered near Copenhagen gives a glimpse into lifestyles of the Viking rich and famous. In an article for the Copenhagen Post, Christopher Follett writes that archaeologists working at a huge Viking site near Copenhagen have unearthed the foundations of a manor house dating from 500-600 CE. The house, which predates the rest of the site, is the first such structure discovered in Denmark and is much larger than other manor houses of the time period.

Researchers said, "The very size of the building came as a surprise to us, as it is four times bigger than any other manor or farmhouse of that period. Its existence tends to reinforce our theory that the site was used for representational and/or ritual activities by the Viking elite of the time." The previous discovery of elaborate gold jewelry at the site has led archaeologists to investigate further, prompting the recent discovery. The presence of trade goods from many different places also leads to the speculation that this was a royal residence, although it lacks the gravesites of aristocrats.