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The ancient Broskov Road

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Description: The Broskovvejen (Broskov Road) is a road from the Roman Iron Age in Denmark. The well-preserved stretch of road between Tappernøje and Præstø on the island of Zealand. It dates from a time of lively contacts south to the Roman Empire. Between 300 and 400 AD, was located 30 km northeast of Stevns and from other places around the Baltic Sea (Gudme) organized an early maritime trade, which was operated with Roman goods.

Denmark's oldest paved road was built about 300 years AD from unusually large, flat stones. The stones are carefully placed to keep the spaces as small as possible. The deck rests on a heavy stone foundation. Curbs on the sides have the function of preventing the slipping of the road. The road is about 75 meters long, at its northern end is a 15 m wide and about a meter deep valley. The Broskovvejen served as a crossing of the creek Hulebækken. Meter-high stones forming the floor and the foundation of the ford. The Broskov Road runs like other Iron Age streets, as the Tibirke Road, which is parallel to a modern road and probably its predecessor. Roads of this kind facilitated the passage of marshes or streams. The course can be demonstrated even during the Stone Age, when bundles of twigs and branches were designed for muddy trails.

Spearheads, an iron knife and an amber bead testify that the road was around the year 300 in use. In the rear end, the road splits up as a fan of three well-preserved double-track access ravines in the hills to the north in the forest Storkeskoven.

In the Middle Ages, a new road was built, running north on the prehistoric road. Here was a horse shoe from the 14 Century found. The medieval street consists of smaller stones than the prehistoric. In two places it is interrupted by fords, which suggests that the stream Hulebækken had two arms, or meanders.

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