Archaeological news about the Archaeology of Early Medieval Europe from the Archaeology in Europe web site
Friday, 1 July 2016
Danish cops now on a 1,000-year-old case
Archaeologists involve the police after surmising that a fire at a 1,000-year-old castle was deliberately set
Archaeologists have found what they call “clear evidence” that a fire at the recently discovered 1,000-year-old Viking castle Vallø Borgring near Køge was deliberately set.
So they have asked police to supply a fire safety investigator to help them unearth clues to solve the 1,000-year mystery. The fire was set at the fortress’s eastern and northern gates.
“All indications are that there has been a fire set at the gates of the castle,” archaeologist Jens Ulriksen, who is leading the excavation of the fortress, told DR Nyheder. “The outer posts of the east gate are completely charred, and there are signs of burning on the inside.”