Sarup, Fyn, Denmark

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An extensive series of Neolithic enclosures in Funen, excavated between 1971 and 1984 by Neils Andersen. The earliest and largest enclosure covers 8.5 ha and is known as Sarup I. It belongs to the Fuchsberg Phase of the Danish early to middle Neolithic (Funnel‐Necked Beaker Culture) around 3400 bc. This enclosure comprised a palisade fence, a fenced enclosure built onto the outside of the palisade, a fenced entrance passage, and two parallel rows of interrupted ditches. The material found in front of the palisade fence, in the ditches, and within the interior suggested to the excavator that the site was used for ritual, ceremonial, and funerary purposes by a fairly large group of people. Sarup II, dating to around 3250 bc, was a similar structure, but smaller (3.5 ha) and of slighter construction. It was a ceremonial site serving a population that lived on a number of small settlements in the Sarup region.


N. H. Andersen, 1997, Sarup, vol. 1: The Sarup enclosures. Moesgaard: Jysk Arkaeologisk Selskab

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