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Name Fotevikens Museum
Country Sweden
The Museum of Foteviken
Partner Fotevikens Museum
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Fotevikens Museum:
▪   The maritime archaeology and history is the important base of the museum activities.
▪   The task of making the Viking Age and
Early Middle Ages resurrect.
▪   The spreading out of knowledge of history via
modern IT-techniques.
Fotevikens Museum owns some 70.000 square metres of meadowland at The Bay of Hoellviken. Most of this area is a plateau. This land is divided into different areas of activities.
The reconstructed Viking Age village, The Viking Reserve is situated upon the plateau. Located in the lowland area are the administration, IT and research buildings. The handicraft workshops and warehouses are also situated in this area.
There are also three large activity halls, covering an area of 600 square metres. These buildings house the restaurant The Viking Inn and the great feast hall The Valhalla. The restaurant is fully licensed. The Valhalla can accommodate about 200 guests.
The Asgard is the entrance hall of The Valhalla. This hall is mainly used during the winter season and entitles the museum to arrange different events during the entire year. In the future the third hall, The Midgard, will also be restored. It will be converted into a special "visitors experience hall", featuring the life, handicraft and the Norse mythology of the Vikings.
Near the unic Viking Reserve you will find twelve leisure cottages for hire available. Those were inaugurated during the spring of 2002. Each of the cottages can accommodate four persons. The Viking Reserve at Fotevikens Museum is created to show how a large settlement during The Viking Age and early Middle age might have looked like. The year 1134 has been elected as "our special year", since The Battle of Foteviken took place on June 4th 1134. It is also scientifically interesting to try and reconstruct and illustrate the History of southern Scandinavia in the early 12th century. The historical and archaeological material of this period is much more abundant, than the material of the early Viking Age.
The archaeological material of the 11th and early 12th centuries is very extensive. The excavations in The City of Lund, situated about forty km to the north of The Viking Reserve have revealed a lot of interesting archaeological comprehensive material. The original sources of this period are abundant and present a plentiful material. The Icelandic manuscripts and the Norwegian royal sagas are important original sources and contain interesting and extensive material. Most of these manuscripts date back to the 12th and 13th centuries. In Denmark, during the late 12th century the Danish priest and historian Saxo Grammaticus (1150-1220) wrote down and created an interesting chronicle of Danish history, which embraces the period 700-1200, "The Gesta Danorum", this means The Great Deeds of The Danes. The historic chronicles of Denmark and Germany are also of great importance. These chronicles contain a lot of interesting facts.
The Viking Reserve of Foteviken consists of a conglomeration of many small houses, forming different yards. In connection with the State demesne and for the use of the king's juror and the king's bailiff, a larger hall for congregation was necessary. Society could be ruled from this place even during the cold winters, when it was impossible for the thing to congregate outside. In this hall the king and the magnates could celebrate the great feasts.
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