A team of archaeologists from the National Museum of Denmark has just rediscovered the remains of a Viking who disappeared more than a century ago. He has done so behind the walls of his study area, since they were perfectly protected in the museum but had been wrongly labeled.
The mistake made the find harvested in 1868 forgotten. Near Mammen, a small town located in the north of Denmark, emerged a wooden Viking burial chamber, which they named Bjerringhøj and that he could have belonged to royalty. It had been found by farmers working for a local landowner. These, unaware of the dimension of the discovery, decided to distribute it among themselves. When the experts arrived on the field, they first had to contact the peasants.
That area turned out to be home to many treasures from the past, so the researchers proceeded to excavate the land in search of archaeological elements. In 1986 it was determined that the death of the body found took place between the 970 y 971 d.C. However, well into our century, researchers were unable to locate the bones of Bjerringhøj. Neither in the National Museum of Denmark nor in the archives of the University of Copenhagen was there any trace.
It is now that rediscovery has flourished for the benefit of archaeologists. A team led by Ulla Mannering had been studying Viking-era textiles since 2018. As part of their routine work, they examined the remains of another burial named Slotsbjergby. However, One of the boxes with textile remains had a series of bones that were not reflected in the description of the burial.
After a brief episode of bewilderment, the team concluded that the bones could be the ones missing from Bjerringhøj. “We were all amazed by this idea,” said Mannering according to NewScientist. To confirm the hypothesis, it was necessary to carry out the pertinent analysis that removed any hint of doubt.
As they had deduced, the number and types of bone exactly matched the Bjerringhøj set, as did the textiles. Thanks to this rediscovery, they can assure that the Viking whose first remains were cataloged at the end of the 19th century was a man who He was buried with long pants that have not survived to our time.
Yes, certain textile objects have survived that offer data on the habits of the Vikings in the 10th century. The man was buried with various textiles, including wristbands, a fragment of embroidered wool and various woven pieces that were apparently worn on the ankles.