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Hedeby and the Danevirke

Hedeby & Danevirke are outstanding testimonies of the Viking Age (8th-11th century AD). The trading post of Hedeby and the ramparts of the Danevirke secured the borderland between Scandinavia and mainland Europe at the narrowest point between the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, the land neck of Schleswig. This special location enabled intensive trade and exchange between the regions.

Hedeby was connected to the Danevirke, which served as a border fortification and was extended again and again by Danish kings over centuries. Hedeby flourished in this border region and developed into the central trade and transport hub in northern Europe. Hedeby is now a prime example of an early urban trading centre for us. The exceptionally well-preserved archaeological material serves science as a source for many important findings from the Viking Age.

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Because of its rich and well preserved archaeological material, Hedeby and the Danevirke are key sites for our today knowledge on the Viking age.
Hedeby and the Danevirke showcase the cultural exchange and territorial development in Northern Europe between the eighth and eleventh centuries AD.
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While – for centuries – the Danevirke was a token for territorial and cultural dispute it is today a symbol for the cooperation between Danes and Germans.
Hedeby and the Danevirke showcase exchange and trade between people of various cultural traditions in the Viking Age. Hedeby became the essential trading hub in Northern Europe.
Between the eighth and eleventh centuries AD, “Viking” refers to piracy in general and to Norse activities of warfare or trade. Today, “Viking” refers to the historic period of the Viking Age and to people from that period.
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Hedeby and the Danevirke were inscribed as UNESCO-World Heritage Site as “Archaeological Border Complex of Hedeby and the Danevirke”.
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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Archaeology - Information for students, 2019

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Arkæologi - information til studerende, 2019

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. History - Information for students, 2019

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander.Historie - information til studerende, 2019

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Temahæfte: Hvor går grænsen? (Hrsg.: Region Sønderjylland-Schleswig)

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Dannevirke (Danmarkshistorien.de)

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Hedeby (Danmarkshistorien.de)

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Dannevirke (Nationalmuseet - natmus.dk)

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Deutsch oder dänisch (Webseite Stadtmuseum Schleswig)

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Danevirke Museum (Website af Sydslesvigsk Forening e.V.)

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Overcoming Borders - Information for students, 2019

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Overvinde grænser - information til studerende, 2019

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Temahæfte: Hvor går grænsen? (Hrsg.: Region Sønderjylland-Schleswig)

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Trade - Information for students, 2019

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Handel - information til studerende, 2019

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Hedeby and Danvirke (Website with information about the sites, Danewerk / Haithabu e. V. 2019)

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UNESCO World Heritage, an award that commits (Article DW 2018)

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Danevirkes spændende historie (danevirkemuseum.de)

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Vikings - Information for students, 2019

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Vikings win UNESCO World Heritage title (Article DW 2019)

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Matthias Maluck, Luise Zander. Viking - information til studerende, 2019

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Vikinger (faktalink - Bibliotek og undervisning)

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Mennesket i vikingetiden (Nationalmuseet - natmus.dk)

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Vikingetiden (800-1050) (Nationalmuseet - natmus.dk)

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The Viking-age sites Hedeby and Danevirke (Video DW 2019)

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On the trail of the Vikings in Europe (Gallery DW 2019)