|The entrance to the parking lot at the Ladby Viking Museum|
In 1935 a ship burial was discovered in a barrow almost on the bank of Kerteminde Fjord.
Today, the excavated ship can be seen behind glass in the barrow, wjhich is quite unique for this kind of exhibition, I think.
Over the last five years, a team of volunteers, with advice from among others the experienced ship-builders in Roskilde, the Ladby Ship has been reconstructed, and now it was time for it to untertake its maiden voyage.
We decided to leave home at about 9 a.m. (the museum opens at 10, and the ceremony was sceduled for 11), and that turned out to be a very good idea, as it meant we actually could park in the rather small parking lot at the museum.
The museum is not very large, but I expect the newly built ship, and the possibility for taking visitors on boat trips, to herald good and prosperous times for it, so I think we shall see it expanded in a few years.
Below are some pictures from within the museum.
Each picture is explained shortly in the captions beneath each one.
|A scale model of the Ladby Ship, about 1:20, I think.|
|A reconstruction of a womans' dress.|
Note, that it is not the common misconception of the 'apron' dress,
often seen on Dark Ages minis,
for which there is no archaeological evidence
|This shows Kerteminde Fjord and Kertinge Nor - the barrow is situated where|
the Ladby Ship was excavated.
|Some excavated spikes from the stern of the Ladby Ship|
|And some 'curls' form the dragon's head|
|Some Viking stuff...|
|More Viking stuff - notably a gold bracelet.|
|Details of the Ladby Tapestry - inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry|
|Ladbydragen (the Ladby Dragon), carved from wood some years ago by a volunteer.|
|A small clinker-built boat, made as an excercise by the volunteers, before they started building the actual ship.|
|First view to Kerteminde Fjord|
|The ship. Lots of people already there.|
|A better view of the prow|
|...and from starboard side...|
|The 'inside' of the ship|
|Here is where the ship was to be launched.|
Note the greased 'lunder' on which the ship would glide.
|A view from below.. The ship was to be pushed backwards down and out to the right,|
then turned a bit and be pushed forward along the track of 'lunder' you can see across the field.
|The oars awaiting use|
|The mast - I think|
|I think this is the yard, and then of course the various 'holders' for the yard and mast.|
|The entrance to the barrow with the original ship|
|The medieval band 'Ramashang' entertained - if I can figure out how to, I might upload a video.|