What on earth are they finding under ground at Nyborg Castle?

07. October 2016 | Nyborg Castle

They’re digging, scraping and brushing. The archaeologists. Their faces look wild. They’re doing something really exciting at Nyborg Castle - the earth must be investigated in connection with the castle project.

Excavations with multiple purposes
At the beginning of August, the archaeological excavations recommenced at Nyborg Castle, and thereby, the starting signal for the big castle project which will recreate the contours of the entire medieval fortress and add a modern interpretation centre so the story can be told in both historical and modern ways. The excavation therefore has multiple purposes: since it is the first cutting of the turf for the enormous castle project, it is both a literal search for new knowledge from our past, and a practical mapping out of where and how pile-driving for the new buildings can be carried out without damaging the preserved remains of the original fortress. 

New, unknown buildings are revealed
The archaeologists actually have good reason to look a bit wild. Right from the start of the excavations, new and unknown parts of buildings were uncovered in the palace square. More will surely be revealed as the earth is scraped away. It’s not only exciting to watch, it also creates a fantastic opportunity to understand the connections and structures in the entire palace square, which can be included in the castle project. And its story will be told, says Janus Møller Jensen, department head at Nyborg Castle:

“It’s important to tell why we’re digging and what we find. We’re also explaining about the castle project, but would like to specifically invite people into the “holes” to tell about our newly-acquired archaeological knowledge for everyone who’s interested. I urge everyone to come by when the archaeologists look up from the holes and tell about the dig.” 

Are you interested in knowing more about the dig at Nyborg Castle?
Every Wednesday, archaeologists will tell about their new finds and what they mean, at 3 PM at the dig. In addition, special tours will be arranged on certain weekends. Not only that, but schools and institutions can book a tour of the dig on certain days. These are, as always, free of charge for institutions and schools in the Municipality of Nyborg.

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