In this section there will be an overview of the
Gustav Rosenberg: Hjortspringfundet,
Nordiske Fortidsminder, III bind, 1. hefte, 1937, koebenhavn.
The book has an English Summary.
This book, in Danish, is the main excavation report about the find, it have 5 chapters
of which 2 have other authors than Mr. Rosenberg:
- The history of the Find
- The bog, with geological-botanical investigations by: Prof. Dr. Knud Jessen.
- Found remains.
- The Boat, with a characteristic of the Boat by: Ing. Fr. Johannessen.
- The age of the boat and its
Flemming Kaul: Da vaabene tav,
Hjortspringfundet og dets baggrund, Nationalmuseet, 1988.
"When the Weapons were Stilled"
This book, in Danish, describe the find and its relation to pre-Roman Iron Age and to
the Celt-people of Central Europe.
The book contains an English Summary.
Flemming Rieck & Ole Crumlin-Pedersen: Baade fra Danmarks Oldtid, 1988, Roskilde
A description of boats found or described by
drawings from the oldest days until year 800 A.D. with references
to the surrounding countries.
Ole Crumlin-Pedersen et al.:
Hjortspring, a Pre-Roman Iron-age Warship in Context
The Viking Ship Museum, 2003.
From the brochure:
A Pre-Roman Iron-Age Warship in Context edited by Ole
Crumlin-Pedersen & Athena Trakadas.
Published 2003 as Vol. 5 in the series Ships and Boats of the
North by The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde in cooperation with
the National Museum of Denmark. Large format, 293 pages, fully
illustrated, hard cover, CD-Rom included with scenes from the sea
trials with the replica Tilia Alsie, etc.
Price DKK 385 / EUR 52 + handling.
by Flemming Rieck.
||The boat, its state of
preservation, conservation and display,
by Ole Crumlin-Pedersen, Inger M. Bojesen-Koefoed, Maj Stief &
John Nørlem Sørensen.
||Building and testing a
by Knud V. Valbjørn, Hans P. Rasmussen, Fredrick M. Hoecker,
Niels Peter Fenger, Max Vinner & Nadia Haupt.
||The Hjortspring find,
by Flemming Kaul.
||The Hjortspring boat and ship
iconography of the Bronze Age and Early Pre-Roman Iron Age,
by Flemming Kaul.
||The Hjortspring boat in a
By Ole Crumlin-Pedersen.
Summary in English
Resumé på dansk
The present monograph on the Hjortspring find is the
fifth volume in the series Ships & Boats of the North,
published with the aim of illuminating maritime aspects of past
cultures in 'the North' by presenting and analysing important
primary evidence on finds of ships and boats in the context of
their contemporary societies.
The Hjortspring boat and its contents presents a particularly good
example of the potentials of an ancient vessel with its equipment
for the study of a wide range of aspects of the society for which
the boat was constructed. This magnificent vessel from c. 350 B.C.
is a strong reflection of prestige and power, as well as a display
of perfect craftsmanship matched with a supreme command of
technology of boat and ship construction, given the conditions more
than two thousand years ago.
Although the Hjortspring boat was excavated more than eighty years ago,
it has not previously been presented ad discussed in depth in an
international language. Here the dramatic story of the original
boat is described from excavation to the present 'revival' of the
vessel in the museum display at the National Museum of Copenhagen.
The peculiar horns at both ends with parallels in Bronze-Age
iconography are discussed as well as the key position of the vessel
in the history of early shipbuilding in the North.
A full-scale reconstruction of the vessel has been built and tested at
sea, and this procedure is described in detail in the text and
illustrated with photos and video clips from work phases and sea
trials. The experience from trials have given important clues to
the original use of the vessel.
Articles and books about the Iron Age are several. As the subject of the display is
dresses in the Iron Age, we have chosen to refer to the below stated books. Some have an
Elisabeth Munksgård, "Oldtidsdragter". Nationalmuseet,
Margrethe Hald, "Olddanske tekstiler". Det kongelige Nordiske
Oldskriftsselskab, Nordisk Forlag 1950.
Klaus Ebbesen, " Døden i mosen". Carlsens Forlag,
Linda Boye, "Tøj og mode i oldtiden". P. Haase og Søns
forlag, Copenhagen 1986.
Bonniers "Håndarbejds Leksikon". Bonniers
Specialmagasiner A/S, Copenhagen 1996.
Gustav Rosenberg, " Hjortspringfundet ". Det kongelige Nordiske
Oldskriftsselskab, Nordisk Forlag 1937.
The Guild of the Hjortspring
Boat: The Membership Ledger, 1991 and onward.
This book, in Danish, contains all documentation produced by the Guild, grouped in the
- Organization, including: by-laws, board of the Guild, members, rules for working
groups, external contacts, a large literature list with page references, economy.
- The wood, size, where and how to get it.
- The building process.
- The tools and how to make or get it.
- Weapon and equipment.
- The history of the Find.
- The exhibition.
Papers for news-papers, conferences, etc.
Valdemar Dreyer: Hvor kom de fra
Soenderjydsk Maanedsskrift, nr 3/4, p. 37: 1994.
Valdemar Dreyer og Birgit
Tanker om Hjortspringfundet og Als i keltisk jernalder
Hjortspringlaugets Forlag, 5 juni 1999.
The book have 80 pages in A5-format and are written in Danish only.
Knud V. Valbjoern: Hjortspringbådens Laug
Soenderjydsk Maanedsskrift, nr 3/4, p. 43: 1994.
Knud V. Valbjoern: Hjortspringbådens Laug
News-paper article in JyskeVeskysten: 1996-01-08, a 3/4 page story
about the Guild.
Knud V. Valbjoern: Et skib- et faellesskab
News-paper article in
Morgenposten Fyens Stifttidende
Knud V. Valbjoern: The Hjortspringboat under
Roskilde: no. 6, may 1996.
of the Hjortspring Boat
Philosophy, Execution and
Initial Results. Knud V. Valbjoern, Hans P.
Rasmussen, Joern A. Joergensen
Theoretical Performance and initial
Test Results. Niels P. Fenger, Hans Lumbye-Hansen
Paper 3: Sailing Tests. Knud V. Valbjoern,
Niels P. Fenger, Max Vinner
The first two papers have been presented at the conference, The 8th
Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, held at The Polish Maritime
Museum in Gdansk, Poland, September 23-27, 1997.
The third was presented at The 9th International
Symposium on Boat and Ship Archaeology, held in Venice, Italy
on December 4-8, 2000.
Knud V. Valbjørn:
Hvad Haanden former er
Hjortspringlaugets Forlag, 5 april, 2003
about the building of the Hjortspring
Boat replica, are
written in Danish with a summary in English and German,
there are around 100 pictures and drawings all with
explanations in all three languages, more extensive in
the two foreign ones.
here to a Danish description of the book.
Knud V. Valbjoern, Hans P.
Rasmussen, Joern A. Joergensen, Niels Peter Fenger, Max Vinner and
Ein skandinavisches Kriegskanu aus dem 4. jahrhunderte
Von Nachbau zur Probefahrt
Archäologisches Landesmuseum Schloss Gottorf und
Hjortspringbådens Laug, 2003.
This book are
based on the papers presented at
Symposia on Boat and Ship Archaeology in the German
language with additional background information by
Michael Gebühr, Archäologisches Landesmuseum.
Joergen Jensen: Hjortspringbaaden - gemt, men
ikke glemt, Nationalmuseets Arbejdsmark 1986, Koebenhavn.
Joergen Jensen: Danmarks Oldtid.
Published by Nordisk Forlag A/S
||2001, ISBN 87-00-49038-5
||2002, ISBN 87-02-00331-7
||500 f.Kr.-400 e.Kr.
||2003, ISBN 87-02-00332-5
||Yngre Jernalder og
||400 e.Kr.-1050 e.Kr.
||2004, ISBN 87-02-00333-3
|All 4 volumes
||2004, ISBN 87-00-39196-4
The books are written in Danish only.
Volume no. 3 also describes the Hjortspring Boat.
A marvellous series!
Harry Kahl, et al: Roar Linde
71, Hjortspringbåden som kulturaktivitet 1971, Roskilde.
A description of an attempt to make a reconstruction of the
Hjortspring Boat from June 26 1971 until July 18 same year! The boat
have been out sailing.
P. V. Glob: Mosefolket,
Jernalderens mennesker bevaret i 2000 aar, 1965, Koebenhavn.
A description of Iron Age people found in bog's in Denmark and other countries.
Here its worth while to notice that the age of the
re-measured by a non-destructive method at the tandem-accelerator at the University of
Aarhus this year (1996), to be in the very same period as the building of the Hjortspring
Boat (350 B.C.)