Most Danes have been taught that Bishop Absalon founded Copenhagen around 1160. But according to archaeologists from the Copenhagen City Museum, the city had already existed - and was a thriving trading centre - long before Absalon was born.
"There has been a lot of focus on Absalon being the founder of Copenhagen. But we now have proof that there was a major urban area long before he arrived on the scene. Copenhagen was doing very well without Absalon," Copenhagen Museum Director Jane Jark Jensen tells videnskab.dk.