The strong connections between religion, politics and social activities are already evident at the beginning of the first millennium AD.
The centre of the first-century residence at Hoby comprised three enormous long-houses and a ritual area with two artificial lakes, cooking pits and deposits of animal bones.
Likewise, in Gudme on Funen large central halls with associated cultic buildings of the 2nd to 6th centuries AD were uncovered, in which rich finds of precious metal – building sacrifices? – were discovered.
The residence at Hoby, 1st century AD. Animation: Archimedix, Ober-Ramstadt.