Prehistoric Denmark

From fascinating carvings to fully-preserved prehistoric corpses, Denmark's ancient origins are visible in many places and waiting for you to experience them.

Denmark’s first people

People populated Denmark long before the Vikings. Trace Denmark’s history right back to its prehistoric origins at The National Museum (Nationalmuseet) in Copenhagen. Here you’ll witness archaeological finds from as far back as the Palaeolithic Age. Denmark’s regional museums also contain excellent prehistoric artefacts.

The Tollund Man

In the 1950s, locals near Silkeborg made a grizzly discovery in a nearby swamp: a body, complete with a rope wrapped round his neck. This body turned out to be the best-preserved prehistoric body in the world. His face is so well preserved that you can count the wrinkles on his forehead. You can see the Tollund Man, who was likely killed as a sacrifice to the gods, at Silkeborg Museum.

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