Nydam Mose
Nydam Bog is situated in Oester Sottrup, Sundeved, eight kilometres from Soenderborg. View a map of the region here. The bog, which in the Iron Age was a sacred lake, is renowned for its rich sacrificial finds from the period 200-400 A.D. "The Nydam Boat" is the most famous of the finds, and is on display at Gottorp Castle in Slesvig.

The special fascination of the Nydam Bog compared to other sacrificial bogs is that this archaeological find has played an important – occasionally even dramatic - role in the Danish national fight for Southern Jutland.

The archaeologist Conrad Engelhardt performed the first excavations in the period 1859-63. Unfortunately, Engelhardt’s work ceased with the outbreak of war in 1864. The National Museum of Denmark resumed excavations in 1989, and has throughout the 90s made significant finds that have contributed to a greater understanding of the Iron Age.

It must be emphasised that the National Museum’s Nydam Project has been achievable only thanks to a great number of public and private financial contributions.
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The bog, which in the Iron Age was a sacred lake, where the weapons and ships of vanquished armies were offered to the indigenous gods in thanks for victory over the fallen enemy. Many items were deliberately destroyed (broken or hacked into pieces) in ritual sacrificial acts, from the period 200 to 400 AD. The particular fascination with Nydam Bog in comparison to other sacrificial bogs is that this archaeological location has played an important – occasionally even dramatic - role in the Danish national fight for Southern Jutland.

The first known finds from the bog date from the 1830s, when a local farmer gave old swords and shields as toys to his children. Amongst numerous other items, three boats were found in Nydam Bog: an oak (egetræsbåden) boat, the Nydam Boat, which is on display at the archaeological museum in Gottorp Castle, Schleswig, Germany. In particular, the 23 metre long oak boat, commonly known as "the Nydam Boat", maintains a distinguished position amongst Danish Iron Age finds, as it is the oldest known rowing vessel in Northern Europe.
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