Archaeologists have discovered 1000 year old toolbox of vikings. That contains some precious tools made of iron that may have been used for the construction of houses and Viking ships.
After excavating a chunk of earth lifted from the site of a ring-shaped Viking fortress at Borgring, Denmark, researchers discovered the remains of a craftsman’s toolbox. The fortress, which was first uncovered in 2014 by a team from the Danish Castle Centre and Aarhus University, is thought to have been constructed under orders of the 10th-century Danish king Harald Bluetooth.
Although the discovery was made this summer, but the researchers have opened the box now and were astonished to find some unprecedented tools.
Archaeologists excavated at least 14 iron tools from a gatehouse building of the fortress. Only traces remain of the wooden chest that once held the tools. According to researchers, the tools recovered from the gatehouse belongs to a craftsman, who worked in the gatehouse until the fortress collapsed in the late 10th century.
They claim the find is one of only a few examples of Viking tools to have survived the centuries intact and provide new insight into life inside the fortress at a time when the Danes ruled the region.
They identified several sophisticated hand tools and other metal items. These tools are heavily rusted making it difficult for researchers to analyze the purpose of these tools.
The tools include a set of ‘spoon drills’ used to make holes in timber; a pair of tweezers or small pliers; a ‘clink nail’ used to fasten wooden planks together; four chain links attached to an iron ring; and a drawplate to make metal wires that may have been used in jewellery.
This is the first time an entire set of tools has been discovered in a Viking workplace. A curator at the Danish Castle Centre, Nanna Holm, who led the excavation, said, “This is not an ordinary find. Not many tools are found in Scandinavia, but the others found before this have all been left for the gods, by being put down in a swamp.”
She added, “The toolbox is the first direct indication of life that we’ve found around the fortress. I’m very excited to get a closer look at these objects and get a better understanding of what type of craftsman we’re dealing with.”
The cache of iron tools was first located by amateur archaeologists using a metal detector near the eastern gate of the buried fortress at Borgring. Archaeologists further excavated the gatehouse and removed the mud and other deposits slowly over next two weeks.
The toolbox will be on display in Denmark from next year, once the tools have been restored by a team of conservationist.
After the discovery, researchers will further excavate the place for next three years. Archaeologists also want to find human remains to prove that Vikings lived in these areas. Holm said, “So far, we haven’t found any houses, but we now have proof that there were people here — so hopefully, next year, we will find their houses.”