Lufotoarkæologi i Slesvig

En status.


  • Esben Schlosser Mauritsen


In 2018, the aerial archaeological project
Fortiden set fra Himlen ended. It marks
the culmination of thirteen years of active
aerial reconnaissance in the region of Slesvig.
A brief history of the aerial archaeological
actors and activities in Slesvig is presented.
Many important sites have been
detected, especially by St. Joseph and Stig
Jensen. Their work has resulted in important
excavations in e. g. Dankirke, Vilslev,
and Råhede. In 2005, there was a renewed
interest in the aerial archaeology in Slesvig
and the author initiated two projects:
one focused on investigating the Iron Age
defensive earthworks of Olgerdiget and
Æ Vold, and the other project focused
on finding settlement sites dating to the
Viking Age. In 2009, these projects were
followed by Fortiden set fra Himlen, which
carried out surveying in Slesvig and the
North Frisian islands in particular. Altogether,
130 sites were detected in Slesvig
between 2005 and 2018. Roughly half
of them can be dated to a specific period
ranging from early Iron Age to historic
times. The highest intensity of finds was
made on the island of Föhr with no less
than 156 hectares of cropmarks. It is hard
to predict when aerial reconnaissance will
be resumed in Slesvig. Nonetheless, new
tools such as LiDAR scans, orthophotos,
and drones ensure that aerial archaeology
will keep playing a role in the future.





Mauritsen, E. S. (2021). Lufotoarkæologi i Slesvig: En status. Arkæologi I Slesvig-Archäologie in Schleswig, 2020(18), 319–331. Hentet fra