Archaeologists make unique discovery near Aarhus

Archaeologists from Moesgaard Museum have discovered an unusually complete and well-preserved Iron Age find near Skødstrup just north of Aarhus.

Several bogs containing sacrificial offerings have been found in the area, including the remains of one human and eight dogs next to tethering poles.

“We had great expectations for the excavations because graves and other sacrificial remains have been found in the area,” said archaeologist Per Mandrup, the head of excavations at Moesgaard Museum.

“But the new find has exceeded all expectations, and the discovery of a human skeleton is the icing on the cake. The skeleton is of a young woman in her 20s and the find brings us closer to the sacrificial customs of the later Iron Age.”

Aside from the sacrificial victims, the archaeologists are currently excavating a village that includes a well-preserved paved road and house floors. Read more.


Neighbourhood Centre Jemtelandsgade. Copenhagen, Denmark. Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter 2011.

The Neighbourhood Centre is located in former industrial buildings from 1880. Today the scheme houses a local library and a café as well as office facilities on the upper floors. The structural changes to the existing building consists primarily of the partial removal of the existing floor decks in order to create a new, triple-high foyer space running the length of the building.

In addition to this, a new building is added offering a small assembly hall. The supporting structure in the hall consists of an exposed framework of plywood covered with thermal glazing panels in pine frames.

Bog in Denmark Yields Iron Age Sacrifices

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

SKØDSTRUP, DENMARK - The Copenhagen Post  reports that archaeologists from the Moesgaard Museum uncovered the bones of a woman in her 20s and the skeletons of eight tethered dogs in several bogs located near the site of an Iron Age village north of Copenhagen. The village had a paved road and houses with floors. Researchers think that people and animals were killed and placed in pits that had once been used for digging peat as sacrifices to the gods. “In Skødstrup we have the entire palette of an Iron Age society: a well-structured village with accompanying burial area and sacrificial bogs. It gives us a unique, collective insight into life during the Iron Age,” said Per Mandrup, head of the excavations. 

For more, go to “Bog Bodies Rediscovered