Reading the article I was interested to find out if the Vikings had a settlement on the island of Ruegen ( now a part of Germany ), but it seems that they had semi permanent centers which they used to trade with the local Slavic Rani, descendants of Wendish people that migrated to the region and who assimilated an earlier tribe ( the Germanic Rugii ).
Three enormous bronze swords stand monument to the battle of Hafrsfjord in the year 872, when Harald Hårfagre (Fairheaded Harald) united Norway into one kingdom. The monument was designed by Fritz Røed (1928 - 2002) from Bryne, just south of Stavanger. It was unveiled by Norway's King Olav in 1983.
The swords, which are about 10 meters tall, stand for peace and unification. One sword is larger than the others. This was Fairheaded Harald's sword. The swords are planted in solid rock and are found at Møllebukta which is a bay area on the southern shore of Hafrsfjord.
Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia’s first Viking city
Danish archaeologists have excavated the streets beneath Ribe to discover how the first city of the Viking age was established.
3D scans are used to document and analyse the many layers of flooring (yellow) and layers of soil (blue) from the Viking age houses. In the cut out area loom weights and other larger object can be seen in situ on the floors. (Graphic: Sarah Croix)