Hammaburg without castle

Foto: AMHMiddle Age

Hamburg Archaeological Museum

Hamburg Archaeological Museum
Hamburg, Germany

After the razing of Hammaburg, as a consequence of the Viking attack in 845, the derelict castle area was settled with houses. Archaeologists could find only a few traces of settlement. With the exception of one house with sheeting members, wooden floors and a pit house, remains of houses are only documented by single post-holes and fireplaces. The retrieved pottery shards from the settlement layers include locally produced pottery, imported Slavic pots and so-called shell-tempered round-bottomed pots from the North Sea coast. Even after Count Bernhard left after his castle was destroyed and the missionary Ansgar left after his church burnt down - Hammaburg lived on. The place remained a hub for trans-regional trade.


  • Title: Hammaburg without castle
  • Creator: Foto: AMH
  • Date: Middle Age
  • Provenance: Archäologisches Museum Hamburg Stadtmuseum Harburg|Helms-Museum
  • Type: Virtual reconstruction
  • Medium: Ceramic

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