Archaeology at Syltholm


The excavation at Syltholm


The archaeological excavations ahead of the establishment of the Fehmarn Belt Link have now taken off in earnest, and behind the Baltic Sea dike, a small group of archaeologists are making their way down into the old seabed, which was part of a protected lagoon during the Stone Age.


Due to the topographic conditions, the area would have been very attractive to the Stone Age population, as fishing in the shallow lagoon would have been a safe way to procure food for the local people. The settlement that utilised the lagoon has also been found, but excavations here have only just begun. The archaeologists have been working a little longer in the area located just outside the Stone Age settlement, and here, objects from various forms of fishing have been found. The finds include numerous stakes from fish fences, which correspond to modern stake nets, but also wooden fishing spears and bone points from fishing spears. Everything is very well preserved because it has been under water or in water-saturated soil layers since the Stone Age.


The excavation will continue for another couple of months, and each day presents new and well-preserved finds from the distant past where the fjord fishermen lived by the coast and exploited the wealth of fish found in the lagoon.