The Viking Burial Site at Hårup

If you are driving west from Aarhus on the Silkeborg motorway, take a look right at exit 26. In 2012, when the motorway was being built, archaeologists found a small village in Hårup with four farms dating from c. 400-800, and a burial site with about 30 graves, 19 of which were chamber graves. There were both women’s graves with wagons, glass beads and gold-plated jewellery, and men’s graves with axes. Several of the burials hint at far-reaching geographical connections. Over some of the finest graves, memorials had been built: small post-and-mortar constructions that served to mark the grave in the landscape. The site was included in the Agency for Culture’s top ten list in 2012.