Sagnlandet Lejre

Sagnlandet Lejre is an atmospheric and exciting open air park with houses and settings from the Stone Age, Iron Age, Viking Age and 1800th century and historic workshops, located in the historic landscape near Roskilde. It is also a pionering institution in the field of experimental archaeology and communication of knowledge.

Sagnlandet Lejre is a private foundation run on a non-profit basis. Until March 2009, it was known as Lejre Experimental Center (Historical-Archaeological Experimental Center), our full official name is now Centre for Historical-Archaelogical Research and Communication .

Thanks to a generous grant from the Carlsberg Foundation, the Centre was established in 1964 as an archaeological research station in a unique moraine landscape with woodland, lakes, bogs and fields. Here, professionals from within cultural-historical disciplines and the natural sciences met and continue to meet in order to gain new knowledge about people in the past, their living conditions, methods of cultivation etc. through practical experiments on a multidisciplinary basis.

The unique and controversial experiments involving the reconstruction of houses and agricultural implements from the Iron Age and testing them in practice aroused great public interest. People flocked to the Centre to watch the researchers’ efforts as they literally ploughed and chopped new knowledge about our ancestors’ daily life out of fields and timber. The basis for experience-orientated communication of the researchers’ work was formed and terms such as activating communication and historic workshop teaching arose from the fruitful meeting between learned and layman regardless of sex, age, social and educational background.

Street address: 
Slangealleen 2, DK-4320 Lejre
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Destination Viking Association has already involved partners both in the Scandinavian 'home lands' of the Vikings in the Nordic countries as well as in a number of the lands in the west where Scandinavians settled (the Isle of Man, Orkney and Shetland, Faeroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland and Newfoundland) and some of the Baltic Sea areas with strong Scandinavian impact during the Viking Age (Germany, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Russia). The partnership is open to new partners and new countries.