The sheet-piled boxes are driven into the
ground to keep water away from the excavations.
During the third and final part of the preliminary
investigation, from March 2013 to June 2013, 64 sheet-piled boxes
measuring 4 x 4 metres each were set up. The sheet-piling of the
boxes was carried out by the engineering company Arkil A/S, while
Museum Lolland-Falster in collaboration with the engineering
company MSE A/S handled the actual excavation and the examination
of the boxes.
The sheet-piled boxes were positioned
carefully in order to examine the areas for traces of human
Clear traces from the past
The boxes were put down in the areas where the auger drilling
had shown most objects so that it could be investigated whether
these were indications of settlements or other forms of human
activity. Despite the relatively limited size of the boxes (4 x 4
metres), it was suddenly possible to register settlement activities
and not just stray finds. The majority of the boxes contained
objects, and in a number of them, actual facilities were
registered, e.g. a fish fence that stands as it was left some 5,000
The boxes are examined thoroughly for antiquities
and traces of settlement activities.
The advantage of the boxes
By placing sheet-piled boxes in carefully selected areas, Museum
Lolland-Falster's archaeologists had the opportunity to excavate
small areas by traditional archaeological means. The boxes kept the
subsoil water out, and it was possible to search for manmade traces
in their correct context.