A DEFENSIVE STRUCTURE IN THE SCHLEI

    

Not far from here at the Reesholm peninsula, the Schlei fjord is only 40 m wide. In the early 8th century a wooden structure was located there. It was part of the defensive Danevirke system. The offshore structure ran eastwards parallel to the shipping channel for about 1 km. It guarded this very shallow, narrow stretch of water. Today the structure is no longer visible on the surface. The “Offshore Work” closed the gap between the Danevirke ramparts to the west of the Schlei and the East Wall on the edge of the Schwansen peninsula.
The Füsinger Au river joins the Schlei here in Winningmay. In the Viking Age this small river was a trade route from Hedeby to the region of Angeln. Archaeologists recently found a settlement here with a large longhouse. Could one of the king’s retinue have lived here?

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Underwater sonar image of part of the log-built offshore structure.


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