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Viking King’s church discovered. Norwegian archaeologists find remains of what they believe was the resting place of Saint Olav II in Trondheim, recent excavations reveal. Klemenskirken in Sør-Trøndelag County’s Trondheim originates from the Middle Ages. It is believed to have been built in around 1015. Olaf Tryggvason (King Olav I of Norway), whose reign was between 995 and 1000 A.D., constructed it after Trondheim was founded in 997, historians have said.

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Viking King’s church discovered

Published on Friday, 11th November, 2016 at 00:04 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

Norwegian archaeologists find remains of what they believe was the resting place of Saint Olav II in Trondheim, recent excavations reveal.

King Olav II's death at Stiklestad
This altar picture from Nidaros dates from the first half of the 1300s.King Olav II's death at Stiklestad
Photo: Public Domain


Klemenskirken in Sør-Trøndelag County’s Trondheim originates from the Middle Ages. It is believed to have been built in around 1015.

Olaf Tryggvason (King Olav I of Norway), whose reign was between 995 and 1000 A.D., constructed it after Trondheim was founded in 997, historians have said.

What the archaeologists have now found in a courtyard between Søndre gate and Krambugata in the town’s centre appears to be the church’s foundations.

“I'm as certain as possible about this [discovery],” Anna Petersen, project manager at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), told Adresseavisen.

In 1030 A.D., King Olav II was slain at the Battle of Stiklestad in Nord-Trøndelag County following his reign between 1015 and 1028.

He was first buried where Trondheim’s Nidaros Cathedral stands now. The Cathedral was well known as a popular place for pilgrimage in the Middle Ages.

King Olav II is thought to have played a fundamental role regarding the introduction of Christianity into Norway.

He was first canonized by Bishop Grimkell about one year following his death – this was later confirmed by Pope Alexander III of the Roman Catholic Church in 1164.

Saint King Olav II’s remains were subsequently moved to Klemenskirken, where his coffin lay placed on the altar for approximately 25 years.

The recent find by archaeologists is a continuation of a preliminary investigation, which they started last year after being called to the site by the Directorate of Cultural Heritage.

Their discoveries also include a church’s stone foundations, some graves, a well, and a choir area.

What has been found is thought to be the most important, single archaeological discovery in Trondheim for more than 100 years.

“This is one of the most exciting things I have been part of as an archaeologist,” said the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research’s Anna Petersen.



Published on Friday, 11th November, 2016 at 00:04 under the news category, by Charlotte Bryan and Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: vikings, christianity, archaeology, trondheim, battle, remains, discoveries, paywall.





  
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