The archaeologists have moved indoors

Monday, Monday, March 20, 2017

The excavation of the castle grounds has now moved inside the castle, and archaeologists have found traces of something that looks like a medieval sanitary installation or appliance.

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The excavation of the castle grounds has now moved inside the castle, and archaeologists have found traces of something that looks like a medieval sanitary installation or appliance.

When frost comes, the earth gets hard. This presents a natural sort of challenge for archaeologists, who must investigate what is found underground. For this reason, the excavation of the castle grounds in connection with the coming construction of new buildings, the January digging has happened indoors, namely in the castle cellar and in a tent on the palace square. This has turned out to be a very good idea considering the weather we’re having.

In the castle cellar, the original floor has been found in several places at a depth of about 30 cm. (1 foot) under the existing earthen floor.

“Several types of flooring have been found, such as mortar flooring, compressed clay flooring and brick flooring. Over time, the many rooms in the castle had the flooring renewed, often placed directly on top of the old floor. So in several places, the floor is built up with layers of flooring, 30 - 40 cm. above the original floor,” said archaeologist Claus Frederik Sørensen.

Near the existing cellar staircase in the castle cellar, traces of a hollow “case” have been found that beg closer examination.