Danish Viking Age town of Ribe may be older than thought

The Danish town of Ribe holds the honors as the oldest known town in Denmark and Scandinavia. Situated in the southwest coast of Jutland, it was ideally positioned as a market and harbor town – and was believed to have been established in the late 8th century, which is also the generally considered start of the Viking Age.

However, new research from Aarhus University shows that Ribe as a permanent settlement is likely a century older – thus late 7th or early 8th century. This is of interest to archaeologist both in regard to when urbanization started, and also if Ribe was a seafaring hub in the late 7th century it could be yet another indication that the traditional date of 793 as the start of the Viking Age may need to be reconsidered.

Source: CphPost.dk

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