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Before modern Denmark, the land of beautiful handmade furniture and bicycles was at war

Ian Harvey

About 300 medieval castles were once scattered around the countryside for the protection of everyday citizens from the battlefields that raged around the area.While none of them exist today, a team of experts is working hard to excavate evidence to prove their existence.

In the year of 2014, archaeologists from almost a dozen museums worked to compile the history of Denmark.First, they collected a series of locations that were once sites of the castles that disappeared from the country of Denmark.


Airview of Sallingholm castle Photo Credit

Airview of Sallingholm castle Photo Credit

The photographer had always envisioned creating the foundations of a project that progressed science.It was a field where information could be combined with photography to build a story, and he couldn’t be more proud of the results.On further research, it was discovered that the castles were constructed during the 14th century while Denmark was at war with Germany as an enduring “civil war”.

They started auctioning off land to support their endeavors, but land owners got paranoid.They rushed the construction. Structures were made of dirt and logs to make sure their estates were safe.Currently, experts hope to raise the awareness of the medieval castles.

50 Metal objects dating back to medieval times Photo Credit

50 Metal objects dating back to medieval times Photo Credit

Eriksen, the photographer, followed experts for two years both in the lab and in the actual locations of the castles. First, the group of experts gathered everything they could from the castles.They used drones to develop complex maps of the land.They also carefully examined hills to find the remains of the ancient castles.

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For days the photographer shot pictures of the discoveries in his studio.He took pictures of miniature statues, a flour grinder, and some dice.Then he took pictures shot through a microscope and found examples of pollen.The photographer loved how he could find information in the smallest bits of information.

Everything was crucial to help archaeologists reconstruct the castles and their history, Wired reported.After a couple of years of extensive work, four castles were officially excavated