Underwater Viking Age structure in Estonia attracts international interest

Sander Nõmmik
Author Sander Nõmmik

A group of archaeologists from Finland and Croatia are examining an underwater structure at the bottom of lake Valgjärv in Koorküla, southern Estonia, reports ERR News.

Legends of the remains have been spread since the 15th century but the structure – believed to be a pile-dwelling from the second half of the first millennium – was first studied by professional archaeologists in 1958. The current research expedition is employed with world-class technology such as the GPS-controlled remote sensing device Platypus, and aims to answer why the ancient settlers decided to build the house in the middle of the lake.

Kalle Virtanen, a PhD student from Finland who is examining the site with the help of remote sensing specialists from the University of Zagreb, says that the ancient structure in the lake is unique and unparalleled even in Finland which is known as the land of a thousand lakes. “Like many fields, archaeology too is becoming increasingly international and by example of Lake Valgjärv, we can say that this is very beneficial,” he told Estonian daily Maaleht.