The Capper Nomads Europe Adventure travel blog

Recreated mock-up of burial ship

Tapestry in progress

First sight of the boat

Bones

Anchor and bones

Looking from the head down the boat

Anchor

Boat in progress

 

200BC passage grave

Entrance to the grave

View from the top of the grave

Inside -fancy moving these stones

At Fyns Hoved

 

 

 

 


Another hot day but not complaining.

Our first stop of the day was at Ladbyskibet to visit Denmark’s only Viking Age ship grave. Around 925AD a Viking chieftain was buried in his ship which was 21.5m long and 3m wide with a burial mound raised over it, His grave was furnished with all his fine possessions, including 11 horses and 4 dogs. The grave was plundered later in the Viking period so the chieftain was removed and the grave goods destroyed. However what remains today is the imprint of the boat’s hull, the iron works and the skulls and bones of the sacrificed dogs and horses.

The site is now preserved in an air controlled mound and entering the chamber was eerie particular when no other visitors were present. It was awesome.

The museum attached to the site not only displayed fines from the grave but also has a reconstructed mock up of the boat before it was interred. Quite gruesome. The museum was also in the process of a building a replica of the Ladby ship and also creating a 7m long tapestry.

From Ladby we headed up the Hindsholm peninsula. We stopped and walked to Mårhoj Funen’s largest (10m single chamber passage grave dating from 200BC. It was a bit of a crawl to go inside but worth it to see its construction and size.

From there we headed further up the peninsula to its northern most tip Fyns Hoved where we all enjoyed a walk around the headland with all round views of the surrounding coast.



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