En dating Lejre
"[It was a time] when rival groups asserted their regional power through a combination of military might and lavish displays of hospitality."An extraordinarily well-preserved woolly mammoth uncovered in Siberia was revealed to the public for the first time this week in Japan.
While the baby female is not the first mammoth to be recently dug up in the remote region of Russia, what makes this find so special is the extent to which the animal's carcass is still intact.
"Archaeology has thus confirmed what textual sources that date from a thousand years ago consistently maintain: that Lejre was a 'central place' that became, in the course of time, the cradle of the modern kingdom of Denmark."Speaking to Huff Post about "Beowulf," Niles remarked: "Experts have long speculated that, leaving its monsters aside, the action of that poem had a real-world basis somewhere in Denmark.
The recent excavations at Lejre have confirmed that surmise."There are plenty of tidbits for "Beowulf" enthusiasts to ponder over in the meantime.
John Niles, a former university professor and an expert on the site, told The Huffington Post in an email that researchers in the area have found evidence of a series of great halls dating between 5 A. The excavation is located in the Danish village of Lejre.
"The halls were the focal points of a larger settlement complex that included probable workshops, barns, ordinary dwellings and places of religious activity," said Niles, who has collaborated on a book about the site.
Chapter 17: "Because I have heard strange stories about their ancient sacrifices, I will not allow the practice to go unmentioned.