Discoveries from the depths of the sea - Workshop for Children at the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab

At the Maritime Archaeologists' Doculab, you can learn more about the discoveries archaeologists make from the Danish seabed.

Get hold of finds from Lynetteholm in the Port of Copenhagen

On weekends and during Danish school holidays, children and adults can try their hand at the maritime archaeological method and perhaps even get to hold archaeological finds in their hands.

You have the chance to examine some of the exciting things that archaeologists have found in connection with the excavations for the new peninsula, Lynetteholm, in the Port of Copenhagen.

The archaeological findings spark the imagination and create images of people from the past and their lives: What might we discover about shipbuilding, seafaring, and sailors in ancient times?

Chalk pipes, bones, and clinker nails

The whole family can participate when the museum's experienced guides invite you into the Maritime Archaeologists' DocuLab and reveal some of the many exciting finds that have been lost at sea over the years.

Some finds are remnants of the city's waste: Archaeologists find lots of bones from animals, remnants of ceramics and porcelain, bottles in various shapes and colours.

Other things have probably been lost by accident, and it has surely made the owner very annoyed when a favorite pipe, the good tar brush, or one shoe went to the bottom.

Excavations under the upcoming Lynetteholm

Before building at sea, the seabed must be examined for traces of the past. Viking Ship Museum's maritime archaeologists, together with By & Havn, have conducted thorough investigations of the seabed in the area where the new peninsula Lynetteholm is currently being established.

So far, archaeologists have examined no less than 2,144 positions with a very large excavator weighing a whopping 140 tons. The excavator stands on a barge and has an arm of 21 meters that can reach all the way down to the seabed and gently take shovelfuls of sample holes up to the deck for the archaeologists to examine.

Now the desk work of analyzing the results from the preliminary investigations is in full swing, and during 2024, archaeologists will conduct a series of follow-up surveys of the seabed.

Opening hours at the Viking Ship Museum

Visit the Viking Ship Museum every day all year round from 10:00 - 16:00 (10:00 - 17:00 from 1 May until 20 October).

Guided tours in Danish and English:

• Tour in English at 11:00
• Tour in Danish at 13:00

Children and young people under 18: Free admission
Adults: 125 DKK (160 DKK from 1 May until 20 October)
Family ticket (2 adults + all children under 18): 230 DKK (300 DKK)

Where: Viking Ship Museum, Vindeboder 12, 4000 Roskilde