1 Section for Prehistoric Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, Aarhus University, Aarhus University2 School of Culture and Society - Prehistoric Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University3 School of Culture and Society - Prehistoric Archaeology, subject, School of Culture and Society, Arts, Aarhus University
Gudum in Fleskum Hundred and Gudum in Skodborg Hundred in northern Jutland, Denmark
The paper investigates the possible background of two place names, Gudum in Fleskum Hundred and Gudum in Skodborg Hundred, both on the Limfjord in northern Jutland, Denmark. The main focus is on the cultural-geographical setting of the sites in their respective locations, as revealed in the archaeological sources, the evidence of place names, historical accounts and other cultural-historical sources. In both cases, Gudum in Fleskum Hundred and Gudum in Skodborg Hundred, a review of the available data suggests that the sites are related to prehistoric settlements, which may have had some special significance in prehistoric times. However, despite their names, the localities themselves do not indicate the presence of high-ranking settlement complexes. Gudum in Fleskum Hundred even seems to be situated in a somewhat peripheral position, and there is absolutely no hint that either place might have had a significance comparable to that of Gudme on Funen or other similar sites in the eastern part of Jutland. As a working hypothesis, the author proposes that the place names originally referred to lakes, rivers, bogs or some other form of wetland environment as the ‘home of the gods’, and that the settlement names Gudum, Gudhjem or Gudme were secondary developments.
Schriften Des Archäologischen Landesmuseums, 2011, Vol 6