A Bridge, The Roman Iron Age and a Bog

Map of a walk in an ancient bog

I find old bogs fascinating.
Four days ago we went through this bog on a road network consisting of planks and footpaths which ensures the traveller a dry shod travel.

People lived in this area for millennia.
When people dug peat in the bog in 1943 they found an old road system.

Large stones cover the road, and dates back to the Roman Iron Age.
They also found a plank laid road, 150 meter long, possibly a bridge, with 400 wooden poles that can be dated back to 2,800 BC.
Archaeologists believe the poles were meant to support a planar road across the wetlands.

http://naturstyrelsen.dk/media/nst/Attachments/Ellemosestien.pdf

10 thoughts on “A Bridge, The Roman Iron Age and a Bog

    1. Hi Alen. That’s exactly how I feel besides I’m curious about the conditions under which they lived.
      You know the Hunter-Gatherers.
      In Denmark, researchers found that the hunter gatherers fished from their boats and used boats when moving around. Therefore the people in Denmark should rather be called the sailing people 🙂

      1. I like the sound of it too and in a way it makes sense: “Denmark’s total coastline is over 7,300 km long, and it is quite unusual for such a small country as Denmark. No matter where you are in the country, you are up to 50 km from the coast, so go on a trip in Denmark, coast and sea will almost inevitably be part of the experience.”*VisitDenmark

    1. History always appeals to my imagination.
      It’s an interesting place to wander if you are interested in birds. Yesterday the following birds were observed: Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Gray Heron, Whooper Swan, Greylag Geese, Osprey, oystercatcher, plover, lapwing, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Svartbag, Warbler, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Bearded Tit, Raven, Starling, Greenfinch, Linnet, Small Redpoll and Reed Bunting.
      In spring and autumn the migration of birds are impressing.

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