Archaeologists Unearth Massive Viking Hall in Denmark

Archaeologists from the Historical Museum of Northern Jutland in Denmark have uncovered the remains of a large structure dating back to the late Viking Age. Unlike any other in the area, it is the largest building of its kind to be discovered in more than a decade. It is believed to have functioned as a community hall, hosting political gatherings and other events between the late 9th and early 11th centuries. 

Archaeologist and excavation leader Thomas Rune Knudsen comments:

“This is the largest Viking Age find of this nature in more than ten years, and we have not seen anything like it before here in North Jutland, even though it has only been partially excavated.” 

The remains were found near Hune, a village in northern Denmark, and when fully intact, would have measured approximately 131 feet long by 30 feet wide, with a roof supported by roughly ten giant oak posts. The structure is said to date back to the era of Denmark’s king Harald Blåtand (“Bluetooth”) Gormsson, after whom Bluetooth technology was named.

Herald died in 985 and was one of the last Viking kings to rule over what is now Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Northern Germany. He is regarded as the founder of the Danish monarchy, which has remained intact until the present day. He is also known for uniting Scandinavia and converting the people of Denmark to Christianity. 

Archaeologists suspect that the land belonged to a nobleman named Runulv den Rådsnilde, whose name is inscribed on a local rune stone.

“It is difficult to prove that the found Viking hall belonged to the family of Runulv den Rådsnilde, but it is certainly a possibility,” says Knudsen. “If nothing else, the rune stone and hall represent the same social class, and both belong to society’s elite.”

So far, only half of the Viking hall has been excavated, but archaeologists aim to continue their efforts, weather permitting, with radiocarbon dating to more accurately estimate the hall’s age. 

Main Image: Half of the Viking hall unearthed. Photo: Nordjyske Museer