Remains of a Viking fortress

Trip Start Aug 25, 2007
Trip End Dec 20, 2007

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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Trelleborg is waaay out on the western side of Zealand.  It's also basically in the middle of nowhere.  Our professor stressed the importance of not being stupid and being in the bus on time as the next bus from Trelleborg doesn't run until Monday.

At Trelleborg is a small museum and the remains of a Viking ring fortress.  By remains, they mean they excavated post holes, which they've filled with concrete so that they are more visible.  From that, you can see the main layout of the fortress.

When we arrived, out bus had to swerve around some...well..Vikings...having a mock battle. 

Then we went into the museum briefly which had some of the excavated graves and bones of people inside as well as a reconstruction of the old fortress.  Outside they also have a reconstruction of a typical Viking house.

When we stepped inside, there were people dressed and acting like Vikings, sitting around a fire and making some food.

Turns out that Viking is actually a somewhat new small religion in Denmark.  Kinda like in England, how lots of people claim to be Jedi.  There are about 1000 members of the religion but since Denmark is small that makes it a "major small religion."  There are only 460 Scientologists in Denmark for comparison.  Anyways, while some people come here on the weekends to live like the Vikings for fun, some of them take it very seriously.

Behind the house was the fortress.  It really didn't look like much.  It has an earth fortification around it that would have been twice as tall when in use.  You can't really see the concrete holes in the ground in these pictures either.  Basically, the fortress would have held about 60 warriors, which was a decent sized army for the type of fighting they did. 

Now there's just a lot of sheep...and sheep poop...LOTS of sheep poop.  Despite this area being set aside as a museum, it's not odd in Denmark to multi task and also use it for a sheep pasture.

On another random note, people are just a lot more open to having animals around.  Danes LOVE their dogs.  Dogs are welcome in parks and almost any public area.  Today I even saw one of the S-Tog trains.  There were also many in Tivoli and Legoland.  Most are also freakishly well behaved and are often not on a leash.
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