Danish Archaeologists are claiming that a Viking town site on Schlei Bay in Germany may be a royal estate of Danish kings in the 9th century. The first Danish king mentioned in a Latin source is Godfred, who fought with Charlemagne in the early 800s. According to the Royal Frankish Annals, he resided at a place called Sliasthorp, the estate on the Schlei. The site on Schlei Bay is in the right general area to be his capital and dates to the right period, and it is quite large, with more than 200 houses found so far. The site is just north of the great earthwork called the Danevirk and just south of the fortress at Hedeby, which date to the same period.
The first significant discovery from the site was this gold bracelet, found with a metal detector.
These glass beads were imported from southern Gaul.