Employees of the State Archaeological Office work at the excavation site in Schleswig-Holstein.

Archaeologists have found the remains of a settlement from around 500 AD in Taarstedt. The experts documented more than 800 finds.

Wormsdorf – Ancient find! Archaeologists in Taarstedt (Schleswig-Flensburg district) Remains of a settlement from around 500 AD exposed.

Employees of the State Archaeological Office work at the excavation site in Schleswig-Holstein. © Frank Molter / dpa

There was evidence of an enclosed homestead with several fences and a complete nave, as the State Archaeological Office announced on Wednesday.

Since the place name ending “-stedt” indicates a pre-Viking settlement of the place, the old Taarstedt may have been identified with this homestead.

After removing the topsoil, the experts documented more than 800 finds on site. For the most part, these were signs of wear from former posts.

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In addition, however, they found numerous pits that contained an unusually large amount of finds, mostly ceramic shards. In addition, loom weights, grinding stones and an iron boat rivet were recovered.

In the run-up to the construction of a new residential area, archaeologists had examined the area in Taarstedt.

Already in the course of the preliminary investigation, the archaeologists showed, based on numerous discolorations in the soil and ceramic finds, that the remnants of a settlement from the pre-Viking era have been preserved in the northwestern area of ​​the area to be built on.

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