Spectacular archaeology on Hindsholm

07. October 2016 | Landscape and Archaeology

Undersøgelse af Lars Jens' Høj i august 2016

A burial mound from the Bronze Age is excavated from a crane 17 meters in the air.

At this time and for a few more weeks, the Museums of Eastern Funen are carrying out a highly spectacular archaeological dig on Hindsholm. Archaeologists usually kneel in holes in the ground to dig, but this time, they’re up in a crane lift 16 and 17 meters in the air!

Unique opportunity
A burial mound from the Bronze Age was built about 1300 BC and stands atop a cliff. It has been eroded half away by wind, storms and the sea. It gives a unique opportunity for archaeologists to examine what’s left of the burial mound to add new knowledge to the study of Bronze Age mounds, and with the help of pollen analysis, to learn more about the landscape in the area 3,300 years ago. 

Unsolved mysteries
Lars Jens’ burial mound is from 1300 BC and is the burial site of a local chieftain. Examining the burial mound, which is above Snave Beach, will tell us more about the mound’s history. But one mystery the archaeologists can’t solve is: Who is Lars Jens? The burial mound is named after him.

If anyone knows the story, we are very interested in it!

A painting of the burial mound by Johannes Larsen has vanished, and we are looking for it. Help us to solve the mysteries - read more here.

The sword in the grave
Two years ago, the museum’s archaeologist, Claus Feveile, rescued a bronze sword from the burial mound. It was about to fall out of the mound due to erosion. That time, the excavation was carried out by rapelling. The bronze sword gave some clues so the mound could be dated.

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