Every year a number of archaeological experiments are carried out in Sagnlandet Lejre. We offer a research grant of DKK 150,000 (ca. 20,000 €) for carrying out practical, archaeological experiments. Portions of the grant are given to researchers and students on qualifiying application to Sagnlandet Lejre, Centre for Historical-Archaelogical Research and Communication.
A part of the grant is assigned to experiments working within a certain topic, which in 2009 was War & conflict. The rest of the grant is available for experiments dealing with other topics and problems.
In 2009, the following experiments delt with the theme of the year "War and hunting":
- Fishing spear, harpoon or arrow point?
- Mysterious tools for hunting and fishing?
- From bog iron to chain-mail
- Bloody Bronze Age – Combat technique with bronze weapons
- Archery - without a slap on the wrist
- From flint to fish – Stone Age fishing gear
- The Stone Age super-chemical!
Here it is a list of other experiments, which were sponsored in 2009:
- Garum – The ketchup of the Romans!
- A 15.000 year old Swiss army knife - Reindeerhunters on the move
- The wardrobe of the Stone Age
- From rotting plants to fine cloth
- Fired or baked pots
- The experiment that went wrong! – A Stone Age bucket.
Read about previous experiments (since 2002) carried out at Land of Legends Lejre.
THE SKELHØJ PROJECT
For a number of years, Land of Legends has cooperated on a cross-disciplinary project which aims at creating better understanding of the good conditions for preservation found in some of the Bronze Age burial mounds, for example that of the Egtved Maiden.
- What the mound can reveal - presentation of an experimental study by Ann-Maria Hart and Helen Lewis
- Bronzealder-ingeniører (Bronze Age engineers) by Marianne Rasmussen (in Danish)
- Jernkapper i bronzealderens høje (Iron cores in Bronze Age mounds) by Henrik Breuning-Madsen, Mads K. Holst and Marianne Rasmussen (in Danish)
- The Skelhøj Project - the website of the project (in Danish)
EXPERIMENTS WITH PREHISTORIC TEXTILES
CTR is a research centre at the University of Copenhagen, which for the period of 2005-2010 will be working with textiles in history and archaeology.