Historical knowledge

The re-burial of a king?

The existing Jelling Church was built of calcareous tufa around 1100. Excavations between 1976 and 1979 revealed that the church had three predecessors built of wood. Beneath the floor in the first wooden church a burial chamber of oak had been constructed. It contained the re-buried remains of a man, who was between 40 and 50 years of age. Also found in the tomb were small pieces of gold brocade from a fine costume and two silver mountings in the same decorative style as the objects left after the plundering of the burial chamber in the North Mound. The dead man may be King Gorm the Old, who was moved from the North Mound for a Christian burial in the wooden church.

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