had approximately 30 wooden "long houses", each nearly 30 meters long. A large
quantity of wood was also used for the main fortification where the rampart consisted
of a wooden stockade on both sides.
circle fortification belong to some of the most impressive and unusual structures
of the Viking period.
Trelleborg, located between two streams, is the first
of four circle fortifications - was excavated around 60 years ago.
has circular main fortification and a front fortification. The main fortification
is surrounded by a circular rampart measuring 134 diameters.
openings in the rampart divides the inside into 4 equally sized areas. In back
of the four areas there was a block of four similar looking "long houses" forming
a protected courtyard.
The front fortification which is surrounded by the
rampart had 15 parallel houses and a burial ground.
of the findings are now exhibited at the nearby located museum. Here you can also
learn about Trelleborg`s history and take a look at one of the excavated houses
which has been reconstructed just outside the fortification. Inside the fortification
streets, burial ground and the houses has been marked.
was built around
year 980 when "Harald Blåtand" was in rule. The size of Trelleborg and the
way it was constructed would suggest that Royal powers stood behind the project.
Trelleborg and the other circle fortifications were used for military purposes
but also had administrative as well as trading related functions. This assumption
is also based on findings from around the houses and the burial ground. Most of
the remains found were younger men but also the remains of women and children
were found, pointing to the fact that families were living at Trelleborg.|
are on offer most of the year including a market place, Viking plays and workshops
for the whole family.