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  • Danevirke

    Built: before 730-1170 A.D.
    Length: 30
    Height: 1,5 (earth and stone wall), 2-7 (brick wall)
    Material: earth, stone and bricks
    Function: Protection against someone from the south ... (Saxons, Slavs)

    More to read on Wikipedia.


    -chinoook
    chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
    chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
    chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

    The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

  • #2
    Re: Danevirke

    A painful reminder of old and lost territory

    Now all we have left is the sweet memory of the days when the world trembled in horror by sound of the approaching Viking army

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    • #3
      Re: Danevirke

      What a misinterpretation! This defense system illustrates the fear of a horrible force coming from the south!


      -chinoook
      chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
      chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
      chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

      The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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      • #4
        Re: Danevirke

        Originally posted by chinoook View Post
        What a misinterpretation! This defense system illustrates the fear of a horrible force coming from the south!


        -chinoook
        I don't understand

        Nothing of interest south of that defensive line. Must be a historical mistake - the only mighty army was north of the line. Must have been to protect our beer (mj

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        • #5
          Re: Danevirke

          Recent excarvations revealed new knowledge (unfortunately only in German):

          Danewerk
          Arch
          chinoook's 1st law: Structurally weak walls tend to have double structures.
          chinoook's 2nd law: Newer walls are built next older walls, not over them.
          chinoook's 3rd law: Similar problems lead to similar solutions.

          The most dangerous worldview is the worldview of people, who have not viewed the world. (Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), German naturalist and explorer)

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          • #6
            Spend a few hours yesterday at Danevirke/Dannevirke/Danewerk and will definitely go back another day as it is only a few hours' drive from home. Recent archeological discoveries in 2013 dates the oldest part of the wall at around year 600 AD. The 4.5 kilometer long brick wall know as Valdemar's Wall (named after a Danish king) dates from around the last part of the 1100s.
            The defensive wall had a short revival during the three years war in 1848-51 and in the war of 1864 about 38.000 Danish soldiers were stationed at the wall in newly constructed redoubts. Sadly, the Prussian army was too strong and the Danish troops retreated further north where if was finally defeated a few month later- still considered a humiliating defeat.

            Valdemar's Wall: https://www.google.com/maps/@54.4818.../data=!3m1!1e3

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            Last edited by Kim; 07-24-2019, 07:48 AM.

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