Moesgaard, Medieval living, plus a Viking Village
Photos from my trip to the Kingdom of Denmark in 2001.
Moesgaard Museum is a Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography. It is located in Beder, a suburb of Aarhus, Denmark.
And a very lovely place it is to spend an afternoon as well!
Period costumed craftspeople go about their business and are very happy to chat about their medieval existence.
The Viking Village
A few hundred metres down the road from the Moesgard Museum is a reconstruction of a Viking Age farm complete with church.
We walked up a steep earth driveway past a fence woven from thorns and vines - enough to slow down a wave of unwelcome visitors! The house was originally built in AD 875 near Hedeby and transported here. Next to it is an interesting construction which reminded me of the German bunkers we were to see later.
It is a "pit-house" originally built in nearby Arhus in about 900 AD. Half sunk into the ground, it was used as a storeroom, workshop and indeed a dwelling.
Christianity came to Denmark in 965 A.D. and the first Christian Churches built were wood. The structure is only about 10 by 5 metres and of an uncomplicated design. The colour schemes and ornamentations were copied from surviving fragments of contemporary churches.