A Unique Tomb Has Been Discovered In Denmark, But What’s Inside? Unbelievable.

In another exciting Viking discovery, a massive burial ground has been found at Hårup, in southwest Denmark. In 2012, engineers building a new highway in the area made the amazing discovery.

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The huge wooden structure was later identified as a Viking tomb, dating back to the 10th-century. These buildings were known as a dødehus or, death house. Studying the items found in the burial area and the grave markings, archaeologists came to the conclusion that the remains of a male and a female were highly distinguished, with international connections or possibly even nobility.

The structure spanned about 13 by 42 feet and was home to three graves. Initially, just the male and female remains were found in the main part of the the wooden building. In a section that looks to have been added on after the fact, archaeologists found the remains of a second male. The male buried in the main part of the building was laid to rest with a giant battle axe.

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Leader of the excavation, Kirsten Nelleman Nielsen, told scientific reporters: “People across Europe feared this type of axe, which at the time was known as the Dane Axe–something like the ‘machine gun’ of the Viking Age.” The female remains were found buried in a wagon which was a practice typically reserved for female Vikings of nobility. Interestingly, two keys were also discovered with her remains.

This is apparently symbolic of their control over the home and domestic affairs such as the distribution of clothing and food. According to Nielsen, the one key was “a symbol of her power and status as a great lady.” The other one apparently was for the lock on a tiny square shrine found near her remains. Nielsen stated that this find was “quite rare.”

The markings and other evidence clearly pointed to the remains belonging to Vikings of a high status within their society. What was also unusually and of significance was the fact that they were all buried in the same tomb. This was not the common practice. Nielsen explained: “It’s unusual that we’re able to establish that the man and woman were equals with such certainty.”