What our students can do

14 11 2008

We are proud to announce the publishing of the first workbook from the Maritime Archaeology Programme. The book is written jointly by students and staff of the programme as part of our annual “special topics” course. The purpose of the “special topics” is to do in-depth work on a selected topic, using a seminar format where students and staff members cooperate on a specific project.

The topic of the workbook is the Gredstedbro ship from the 7th century. The ship was found in 1945 during a normalization project on the stream Kongeåen (“King’s river”) in Southwest Jutland. Originally interpreted as remains of a bridge, a few pieces of the wood were torn off and stored at the museum in Ribe, and the location forgotten. Only 20 years later the timbers were recognized as ship timbers, but the parts that are still out there have yet to be found.

Pending further work on the site, the workbook covers aspects of the landscape, the cultural, social and political environment of the Early Middle Ages, and compares the timbers from Gredstedbro to other contemporary ship finds from Northern Europe. Ship finds from this period are rare, but in construction and dimensions, the Gredstedbro ship seems best to resemble the Sutton Hoo ship.

The workbook entitled “The Migration Period, Southern Denmark and the North Sea can be viewed and downloaded here.

Bo Ejstrud
Associate professor
Maritime Archaeology Programme


Projects-diving in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

14 11 2008

In October of 2008 students of the Maritime Archaeology SDU took part in a project with the Bureau for Culture and Care and Preservation of Ancient Monuments and Artifacts (LKD M-V), which is the relevant authority in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The project is undertaken in relationship with the planned realization of the Nord Stream pipe line Project through the Baltic. It includes the research of a series of wrecks.
To date the one of the wrecks has been surveyed. The wrecks form a 980-metre defensive barrier on the seaward sill of the Bay of Greifswald dating from 1512 during the Great Northern War made by the Swedish navy to protect their holding in that area. In the past 5 weeks we have surveyed, drawn and excavated the wreck as part of project that will involve the removal of the ship from the sea bed.
This Project is one in which we the students get the opportunity to work in the field to highest level and come to understand the finer points of art of archaeology and challenges that it holds for all who choose to study it.

Paul Montgomery
Student of Maritime Archaeology at SDU