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stepping stones of maritime history


During the excavation of a 9th/10th-century Frisian settlement on the island of Sylt, ship-timbers in secondary use were discovered in a well. They were recycled as part of the well-lining.


The four ship-timbers were frame elements and originated from a clinker-built vessel. The composition of floor-timber, bite, and bite knee is characteristic for the Nordic clinker tradition of the Viking Age.

The ship-timbers were typologically dated to the 9th-10th century.


The ship-timbers were documented and later conserved at the German Maritime Museum (Deutsches Schifffahrtsmuseum, Bremerhaven).


  • Crumlin-Pedersen, O. (1997).
    Viking-Age Ships and Shipbuilding in Hedeby/Haithabu and Schleswig.
    Schleswig & Roskilde.
  • Kossack, G. et al. (1975).
    Zehn Jahre Siedlungsforschung in Archsum auf Sylt.
    Bericht der Römisch-Germanischen Kommission 55 II, 261-377.
  • Reichstein, J. (1975).
    Wikingerzeitliche Siedlungen an der Westküste.
    Die Heimat 82, 119-127.

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