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New special exhibition showcases some of the amazing finds from the Northern Emporium project’s excavation in Ribe, Denmark

Tuesday 28 June, the new special exhibition “Vikingernes By” officially opened at the museum Ribes Vikinger.

The Carlsberg Foundation has funded reconstructions of several finds for the exhibition. Among these is the so-called 'Ribe Lyre', which is the oldest stringed instrument found in Denmark. Photo: Søren M. Sindbæk.
Professor Søren M. Sindbæk giving his speach at the opening of the special exhibition Sunday 26 June. Photo: Rubina Raja.

In 2017-2018, the Northern Emporium project conducted an excavation in the centre of Ribe in southern Jutland, Denmark. Finds and discoveries from the project, which was funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, are now featured in the new special exhibition “Vikingenes By” at museum Ribes Vikinger.

The excavation made it possible for the first time to uncover a big area of the city’s deepest layers with many interesting finds. Furthermore, the project made it possible to implement several new scientific methods in an archaeological context.

The many amazing finds as well as the new knowledge obtained during excavations has changed the early history of Ribe and the beginning of the Viking Age. Based on the research conducted within the framework of the Northern Emporium project and also funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, the special exhibition will be on display over the next year.

The Northern Emporium project

The Northern Emporium project aims to explore the evolution and dynamics of the earliest urban network in Scandinavia and the transition to the maritime-based network society in the Viking Age. The project is an archaeological research project funded by the Carlsberg Foundation (Semper Ardens Fellowship) and is affiliated to Centre of Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) at Aarhus University and carried out in close collaboration with Museum of Southwest Jutland.

Already Sunday 26 June, the museum Ribes Vikinger hosted a grand opening of the exhibition for invited people. Professor Søren M. Sindbæk, who is the director of the Northern Emporium project, gave a speech on the occasion as did the director of Museum Southwest Jutland, Flemming Just.

Further links

You can find information about the special exhibition here: https://www.ribesvikinger.dk/da/udstillinger/vikingernes-by/

For further information on the Northern Emporium project, see project webpage here: https://projects.au.dk/northernemporium/?fbclid=IwAR1o-t0iCPeLdDONbaPXILQsHCe5SYSHQVhBD5C5mbPvRA5-frctUhP-KhA