Sheet-piled boxes

Driving the sheet-piled boxes into the ground

The sheet-piled boxes are driven into the ground to keep water away from the excavations.

 

During the third and final part of the preliminary investigation, from March 2013 to June 2013, 64 sheet-piled boxes measuring 4 x 4 metres each were set up. The sheet-piling of the boxes was carried out by the engineering company Arkil A/S, while Museum Lolland-Falster in collaboration with the engineering company MSE A/S handled the actual excavation and the examination of the boxes.

 

Positioning of the sheet-piled boxes

The sheet-piled boxes were positioned carefully in order to examine the areas for traces of human activity.

 

Clear traces from the past

The boxes were put down in the areas where the auger drilling had shown most objects so that it could be investigated whether these were indications of settlements or other forms of human activity. Despite the relatively limited size of the boxes (4 x 4 metres), it was suddenly possible to register settlement activities and not just stray finds. The majority of the boxes contained objects, and in a number of them, actual facilities were registered, e.g. a fish fence that stands as it was left some 5,000 years ago.

 

Examining the boxes

The boxes are examined thoroughly for antiquities and traces of settlement activities.

 

The advantage of the boxes

By placing sheet-piled boxes in carefully selected areas, Museum Lolland-Falster's archaeologists had the opportunity to excavate small areas by traditional archaeological means. The boxes kept the subsoil water out, and it was possible to search for manmade traces in their correct context.