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Viking Great Hall From King Harald Bluetooth Discovered in Denmark

Archeologists have excavated an important ancient Viking structure in Denmark. They have found what is believed to be a King Harald Bluetooth-era Viking Hall.


Archeologists performing excavation in Denmark have stumbled across a true Viking wonder. They have excavated the longhouse that existed during the reign King Harald Bluetooth. King Bluettoth the man whose name inspired the name and logo for Bluetooth technology. Archaeologists working on a survey before a house-building project near Hune in North Jutland stumbled upon something bigger than a house. A real Viking hall measuring up to 40 meters long. The best part? It is most likely a King Ha


Curiously the name “longhouse” is given to these structures because of their unusual length. Longhouses were usually somewhere between eight and ten meters wide. The building probably served as an important meeting place for Scandinavian chiefs to receive important guests and serve as the center of the social life of the community. The discovery is of vast importance, as explained by Thomas Runa Knudsen, the man who led the excavation. “This is the largest find of this nature from the Viking Age in over ten years, and we have never seen anything like it here in North Jutland before, Knudsen explained.


Bluetooth’s hall

As explained by the researchers, the design is reminiscent of structures found in Harald Blåtand Gormsson’s round castles, including Fyrkat in Hobro and Aggersborg in Aggersund. And indeed, preliminary dating places this longhouse around the last half of the 9th century or the first part of the 11th century. However, it was most likely in use during the period of Bluetooth’s reign. As explained by The Viking Herald, a rune stone located in the vicinity can help connect some dots.

The rune stone at Hune Kirke is believed to date back to the 10th century AD. It is believed that this was when King Harald Blåtand Gormsson ruled over the lands of Denmark and Norway. He was the king that would introduce Christianity to Vikings.  The rune stone mentions a local ruler called Runulv den Rådsnilde. The hall recently excavated likely belonged to him, a man who was the vassal of King Bluetooth.


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Written by Ivan Petricevic

I've been writing passionately about ancient civilizations, history, alien life, and various other subjects for more than eight years. You may have seen me appear on Discovery Channel's What On Earth series, History Channel's Ancient Aliens, and Gaia's Ancient Civilizations among others.

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