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Last day of work in the field school season 2015. We had planned to return to an extension of the Viking Age barrier found at Reesholm. This extension is positioned ca. 1km east of the previously known barrier, and just south of a modern dredged sailing channel, near Kocksbarg, our […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 18


Wednesday morning dawned with low-hanging clouds and fog. But the wind had finally laid down and as we took off with our boats the sun began to burn off the mist uncovering blue skies in the distance. Perfect conditions to finally explore the sunken island of Kockbarg, our Site 5! […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 17


David working on his Site 3 data.
Sunday night, as the students went to sleep, black clouds begun to roll up the Schlei and gather above Schleswig. The rhythmic tapping of the rain against the windows may have send some of us to a peaceful sleep but the thunder rumbling in the distance kept many awake. There […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Days 15-16



Day 14 brought the opportunity for the students from the SDU Maritime Archaeology Programme to take a break from diving and recording and take advantage of a research trip to the newest exhibit at the Schloss Gottorf Landesmuseen (Gottorf Castle Museum). The trip was very kindly organised for us by […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 14


Basic measurements of the plank were taken back at the dock in nearby Missunde.
At Site 3 again, Kielfot. The day started dividing the people in two groups: The side scan sonar team in the red boat (“The Red Lego piece”) and the diving team in the black boat (“Black Commando”). Meanwhile, the diving team was getting ready in Missunde, the sonar team started […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 13


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We divided the group in two teams, side scan sonar (Athena, Miriam, Christian, Sigurd and Kristian) and survey team (Veerle, Julia, Adam, Mike and David). The sonar team went to the Site 1 to map the area; survey team went to Site 3 to make a survey from the land. […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 12



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On Thursday, the team’s composition was changed in order to get yesterday’s house personal in the field. We returned to Site 4, Kockbarg. As soon as our first diver was conducting her first pendulum swing, she announced via coms that she held a piece of ceramic in her hands. The […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 11


Using the side-scan sonar to survey at Site 5.
As day 10 dawned, the field school had reached its half-way point. After finishing survey on a possible sunken and petrified Bronze Age forest in Fleckeby (Site 4), the team was ready to open a new site on the shoal of Kockbarg (Site 5), a location that could potentially hold […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 10


Site 4 is the red box at the bottom right of the map, and Site 5 is in the middle, just east of the Reesholm peninsula.
Based on the information we acquired from Site 4 yesterday, we have decided to approach our survey more directly today, to provide the team with some basic answers regarding the site. We wanted to know if the wood pieces we located were worked by humans – and therefore possibly the […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 9



The diver survey for the plank at SIte 4 was conducted from MAP's trusty red boat.
On Sunday August 9 we found an exciting object near the south-western shore of the Schlei, at Site 4. Our find was first described as a long plank with a length of more than 4 m. It seemed to be situated in a remarkable place and position compared to its […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 8


An overview of lovely Site 4 from the beach.
August 9, Sunday: Straight away we went to the Site 4 to look if we could find the pole structure we located earlier in the week and the wreck that was reported here in 1972 and 1990. We started at 8:00 dividing the team in two groups, boat and land. […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 7


The happy couple on their big day!
Good day and thank you for reading another post from the MAP Fieldschool 2015 at Schleswig, Germany. Today the gang took part in a research trip to the nearby museum of Hedeby (Haithabu). As the focus of this Fieldschool is to examine artefacts pertaining to the Viking Age, it was […]

Schleswig Fieldschool August: Day 6