1 Energy, Environment and Climate, The Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University2 The Department of Environmental, Social and Spatial Change, Roskilde University3 Environmental Dynamics, Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University4 Quaternary Research Group (QRG), Department of Science and Environment, Roskilde University
Beowulf and Lejre
Geochemical/palynological analysis of a core from Lake Kornerup (Lejre -Denmark) indicates, together with new archaeological discoveries that it is possible to compare the story of the Beowulf poem with the history of the terrain in the Lejre area. The main river at Lejre has been relocated. In times gone by, we had expected that this relocation happened around 1300AD in connection with construction of watermills. Now new AMS14C datings of samples from Lake Kornerup clearly show that the relocation took place between 700 and 900 AD. As watermills were not known in Denmark at this time, it is tempting to compare the poem with the new archaeological discoveries, showing that at the same time as the course of the river shifted, the great Hall (Heorot) of Beowulf was abandoned - and moved 600 meters towards SSE.
Quaternary International, 2007, Vol 167-168, Issue Supplement 1, p. 368-369