In 2003, a hitherto unknown Viking age settlement was discovered at Füsing in Northern Germany close to Hedeby/Schleswig, the largest of the early Scandinavian towns. Finds and building features suggest a high status residence and a seat of some chiefly elite that flourished from around 700 to the end of the 10th century. The site may be identical with the mystical Sliesthorp, which is mentioned in the earliest historical records as the power‐centre of the first Danish kings in this disputed border‐region of their realm. What would in other circumstances have been merely another productive site and manor complex, thus takes on a quite different significance. The perspectives of the discovery lies beyond an understanding of the site itself, but also on a more general level to gain a better understanding of the character and development of Early Medieval economy, the process of urbanisation and the transformation of socio‐political structures in Northern Europe as it transitioned from prehistory into the middle Ages.