The gate in the Danevirke
Where the historic Ox Road meets the Main Rampart of the Danevirke, an excavation unearthed the «only gate» known from medieval written sources. By the time the Fieldstone Wall was built in the 8th century, the gate was in use and continued to serve as a passageway for at least 450 years. Through the ages, necessary repairs reshaped its appearance and structure many times.
The centuries-long use of the gate left a 3.5 m wide hollow way, whose significance as a travel route is evidenced by wagon tracks and finds. For almost 500 years, the gate was the most important intersection of the Ox Road and the Danevirke, making it a focal point at the border between Scandinavia and the Continent. Farmers, merchants, warriors, kings and emperors passed the Danevirke at this spot. Against this background, the gate in the Danevirke discovered in 2010 must be considered one of the most historically rich sites of Schleswig -Holstein.
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