Thomas B. Thriges Gade Excavations
In May 2013 Odense City Museums began one of the largest excavations ever attempted in a medieval town in Denmark. The excavation at Thomas B. Thriges Gade (Thomas B. Thrige's Avenue), which is located at the center of the medieval town of Odense, has featured a number of interesting finds - jewelry made of gold, mysterious bone plates and a glass ring made in the West Slavic area. In addition to the interesting artefacts the excavation also offers optimal conditions for preservation, which has given archaeologists the opportunity to examine everything from stuffed latrines to half burned wooden stables.
The preliminary results have been excellent and a little surprising. Halfway through the excavation, it seems that the development of the area dates back to the start of the 12th century, and the archaeologists believe that the site is located on the outskirts of Viking Age Odense. The oldest archaeological evidence in the excavation is a well surrounded by pits and fireplaces. Inspired by an earlier find near the site of cat skeletons with cuts after pelting, indicating that the cats were bred for fur, it is believed that the area has been a place for tanning.
In the 13th century the town expands and the area where the excavation is located now becomes the new centre of medieval Odense. This expansion means that the area changes; from being an outskirts area with tanning to a centre with large buildings. This is further supported by the traces of a large brick stone house, a number of half-timbered houses and economy buildings.