About The Iron Age Village
The Iron Age Village is an ancient environment consisting of houses reconstructed according to findings from archaeological excavations at Jutland and on Funen from year 0 to AD 400.
Living the past
The village is a Historical Workshop, where you, through theory and practice, obtain/achieve insight into the living conditions of the inhabitants of the area, our ancestors, app. 2000 years ago. The houses of the village are active workshops, where you experience the everyday life of the people of the Iron Age through working with ancients crafts and doing the daily chores.The village is located in beautiful surroundings in Stavids Ådal in Næsby, in the west of Odense. There is the possibility to eat at picnic tables and benches in the village.
Denmark, in the iron age
Today, most people take Denmark for granted and many find it hard to imagine that we have not always been a single nation. This is nevertheless true. In the Iron Age, the society we now know as Denmark, have been fundamentally different from what we know today. There has been no common management of the country and people have not described themselves as Danes. Instead, the country has been divided into different tribes, and each had their own territory to control. These tribes locations and names are hard to identify, but we can say something. The most well-known and notorious tribe Kimbrerne, lived in Denmark. This tribe walked according to the stories around the year 120 b.c. all the way to Italy, and fought against the Roman legions, before they eventually were beaten on the battlefield.
The Germanic area, as the current Denmark was a part of, had no legal system as we know it today. In return, they lived after a few clearly defined rules, often limited to the individual tribes.
Daily life in a typical Iron Age family has been centered around agriculture and animals. It is those who primarily have been the foundation of the family´s existence. In addition, of course hunting, fishing and various crafts. The tasks have been adapted to the year, and have been relying on wind and weather
In the Ironage village, we have reconstructed a lot of buildings. The most important thing to understand at such a reconstruction, is that our sources on ironage buildings are often very scarce. The only thing we largely can deal with, are the archaeological sites and measurements. From that, we must often make some qualified guesses. When the building then begin, we will have some experience on the way to tell us about our estimate was right or wrong. Then we can adjust our approach and hopefully come to a more plausible solution. The building of our reconstructed houses depends therefore on a combination of our own experience and the archaeological finds.
OPENING HOURS 2016
1st of March. - 24th of June and 8th of Aug. - 25th of Nov.
Monday - Thursday 8.30 - 14.30 Friday 8.30 - 14.00
Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays Closed
Summer Holidays (27th of June - 5th of August)
Monday - Friday 10.00 - 16.00
Saturday, Sunday Closed
Easter Holiday (18th of March - 29 th of March): Closed
Autumn Holiday (16th - 22 th of October): 10.00 - 16.00
Remember the anual Iron-Age market 2016!
Saturday 21th of May: 10.00 - 17.00
Sunday 22th of May: 10.00 - 17.00
Adults DKK 40
Children (6 - 14 yrs) DKK 20
Our annual Iron Age Market - May 21th & 22th 2016
Step back in time and enjoy the sounds, scents and tastes of a market as they were 1500 years ago. Here you will meet approximately 100 tradesmen in costume, showing you their crafts and goods. Enjoy the sight of beautiful handmade jewellery, pottery, swords and knifes, bows and arrows, leatherware, furs and skins from, for instance, rabbit, sheep and bear, combs and flutes made of bone and thousands of glass beads. The traders do not only sell their goods, they will gladly tell and show you how they make them. At the marketplace you can listen to myths of the ancient gods, see warriors fight, play games from the old days, see hunting birds at work, follow the process of making iron and enjoy food and drink as in the Iron Ages.
Admission fee: Adults: 60 DKK, children (6-14 yrs) 30 DKK
Opening hours: 10.00-17.00
In 2017 the annual Iron Age Market will be held on May 20th & 21th.
City bus 91 (Allesø) stops at Stærehusvej by Bogensevej.
Bus 191 (Bogense) stops at Bogensevej by Stærehusvej.
These buses go from Odense Banegård Center.