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Workshop by Vejle Museums and the National Museum at Kongernes Jelling

For more information about the workshop, please contact:

  • Mads Ravn

    Forsknings- og samlingschef
    Museumsinspektør - arkæologi

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    mobil 40 24 95 50


October 21- Day 1:

9:45 Shuttle bus transport from Best Western Hotel, Fiskerigade 2 to Kongernes Jelling

9:45-10:20 Registration and coffee at Kongernes Jelling
Welcome and Practical guidelines by Morten Teilmann-Jørgensen (approx. 10 minutes).


The nature of power as a concept in the late Iron Age and Viking Age


10:20-10:40 Mads Ravn: Royal Power and Landscape in the early Viking Age. (The Erritsø project). New halls in a logical setting – same same, but different.

10:40-11:00 Mads Runge: From Central Space to Urban Place. Growth and centrality in the fjord landscapes of Aalborg and Odense from the 5th to 12th century.

11:00-11:20 Kasper H Andersen. The power of the Danes in 9th century, Carolingian textual sources.


11:20-11:35 Coffee break


11:35-11:55 Morten Søvsø: Aristocratic sites, emporia and royal power in Viking Age Denmark

11:55-12:15 Thorsten Lemm. From Esesfelth to Echeho – Continuity and change in a Nordalbingian landscape of power

12:15-12:35 Anne Pedersen: Jelling: a central place or a royal place, and what is the difference in the 10th century?

12:35-12:55 Questions, comments


12:55-13:55: LUNCH

The site, place and landscape of power


13:55-14:15 Frode Iversen: title to follow

14:15-14:35 John Ljungqvist: Power, centers and organized landscapes in central Sweden


14:35-14:55 Andrew Reynolds: Spatial configurations of power in Anglo-Saxon England

14:55-15:15 Chris Scull: “Great Hall” and “Central Place”: characterizing power in the settlement geography of England in the fifth to eighth centuries

15:15-15:30 Questions, comments


15:30-15:50 Coffee break


15:50-16:10 Siv Kristoffersen: Craft, Craftmanship and Social Spaces

16:10-16:30 Torun Zachrisson: Maritime network realms, royal seats, emporia and central places in Vendel and Viking Scandinavia, some thoughts.

16:30-16:50 Questions

16:50- 17:00 Transport back to hotel

17:30-19:00 Drinks at Vejle Museums ‘Kulturmuseet’, Spinderigade 11E, 7100 Vejle, and guided tour in the new exhibitions (walk from hotel to Spinderihallerne Spinderigade 11E is ca. 15 minutes)

19:00-22:00 Dinner banquet in town: details to follow (ca. 15 minutes walk).


October 22 – Day 2

8:10 Shuttle bus transport from Best Western Hotel, Fiskerigade 2 to Kongernes Jelling

8:30-9:00 Coffee

Continuation of the session: The site, place and landscape of power


9:00-9:20 Christian Juel: the Erritsø hall, new details and their potential

9:20-9:40 Morten Lyngkjær: The ‘grubenhäuser’ near the hall in Erritsø, and their interpretation.

9:40-10:00 Peter Steen Henriksen: The environmental evidence from the Erritsø site.

10:00-10:30 Coffee break

10:30-10:50 Charlotta Lindblom and Katrine Balsgaard Juel: Jelling and its empty spaces- what does it mean?

10:50-11:10 Trine Borake: Central places in Zealand and their finds.

11:10-11:30 Tom Christensen: “Lejre, a portrait of a royal estate from the second half of the 1st millennium.

11:30-11:50 Mads Dengsø Jessen: Gudme, Tissø and other central places. Some similarities and differences.

11:50-12:00 Questions, comments


12:00-13:00 Lunch


13:00-13:20 Morten Ravn: Ships, boats and seafaring in the early Viking Age

13:20-13:40 Jens Ulriksen: Seafaring in the Erritsø area

14:00- 14:20 Sven Kalmring: Birka-Korshamn – A “Tissø Complex” in East Middle Sweden and the Viking Town

14:20-14:40 Claus Feveile. Title to follow

14:40-15:00 Malene Refshauge Beck: On top of the world – hall and central place at Munkebo Bakke, Funen. A preliminary presentation.

15:00-17:00 Coffee
afterwards a guided tour of Kongernes Jelling by Morten Teilmann, Adam Bak & Charlotta Lindblom.

End of workshop

Practical information:

Registration for persons giving presentations

All persons giving presentations will have their hotel, lunch and dinner covered in advance. Please indicate if you wish a single or double room before October 1. If you bring a spouse, we cannot cover his/her expenses. Travel costs will be reimbursed after the conference for those giving presentations. Please save tickets, as we will need documentation for travel expenses. Please also investigate cancellation terms with your travel agent in case of corona or other events.

Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions or special considerations at least a week before arrival.


For those not giving presentations:

Price for the conference: 500 DKK and 250 DKK for students. (spaces are limited)

This includes breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake for both days.

Price for the banquet (optional) on 21 October:

525 DKK. Includes 3 courses, 2 glasses of wine, beer or non-alcoholic drinks. Other drinks will be at your own discretion and cost.



Register for the conference and the banquet via the link below:


We have booked rooms at Best Western Hotel Torvehallerne, Fiskergade 2-8, 7100 Vejle, Tel. +45 79 42 79 00, Email: info@torvehallerne. The hotel is conveniently located close to Vejle Train Station (4 minutes’ walk up Kirkegade towards the centre, left along Dæmningen and up Fiskergade to the right). Participants travelling from abroad may prefer to fly to Billund airport, which is nearest. There are regular buses to the central bus station at the train station in Vejle. If you fly to Copenhagen, you should catch the intercity or ‘lyn’(= quick) train which departs from the airport regularly. Train ride is about 2 hours and 20 minutes. Trains for destinations such as Frederikshavn, Aalborg and Aarhus will call at Vejle. NB: Trains to Fredericia or Padborg will not. You will need to change trains in Frederica and continue one stop. From Vejle Station you can walk to the hotel in 4 minutes. If you have any queries my phone number is +45 40249550.


The venue for the conference is Kongernes Jelling, Gormsgade, 2300 Jelling. A bus will leave in the morning and evening at a set time. Public transport from Jelling by local train is also possible outside these times, at your own discretion and cost.