Excavations in 1981 and 1984/85 by Viborg stiftsmuseum have established that the town of Viborg, situated in the centre of Jutland, already existed in the Viking age, the dating being based upon dendrochronology and coins. The site, on the shore of Søndersø, was inhabited from about 1000 until about 1300, when it was submerged in connection with the building of a royal stronghold. Parts of houses, well constructions and fences as well as other archaeological objects, all in a good state of preservation, proved that different artisans had been working and living here.
Remains of houses, wells and fences were preserved, and the objects found indicate that a large number of different artisans had lived and worked here. The dating is based on dendrochronology and coins that show a continuous occupation from around 1000 AD to about 1300 AD; remains from the oldest dated house can thus be dated to 1018. Early in the 14th century the watertable in Viborg Søndersø was raised about 2 metres in connection with the royal building projects at the nearby Borgvold, and this probably meant the end of the Søndersø settlement.
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