The salt seething cabins at Laesoe Saltworks
At Laesoe Salt we produces salt outdoors as well as indoors. We have two large cabins - in Danish known as seething cabins - one smaller and finally a DIY-area where especially the kids can test their skills as a salt maker at Laesoe.
The two large seething cabins are reconstructions. Or more accurately they are how we believe they may have looked in the Middle Ages. Ever since 1990 a series of excavations of former salt making cabins at Laesoe have been carried out by especially archeologists Jens Vellev and Hans Langballe in cooperation with a lot of young people, so we know how they looked fundamentally... But everything from 3 feet and up is pure guesswork - on a qualified level, though and based on knowledge on medieval architecture and German salt making cabins. But they work!
Some 15 cabins have been excavated and Laesoe is believed to harbor between 1500 and 2000 seething sites..!
Vellev and Langballe's cabin from 1991
Our first seething cabin is named after Jens Vellev and Hans Langballe and is built as a combination of an employment project and an archeological experiment in 1991.
Young people from Laesoe Production School in close cooperation with a couple of highly skilled carpenters, some happy archeologists and last but not least some curious people of Laesoe were all in charge of building the first seething cabin of Laesoe Salt in 1991.
Vellec and Langballe's seething cabin is the one that most of our visitors expreience at first because this is where we tell our tales of Laesoe Salt, bishops, salt taxes, logging and trips of carousing to Germany to learn the trade from German salt makers...
Jens Hermand's cabin aka the merged cabin - from 1998...
The merged cabin - or Jens Hermand's cabin - was like the Vellev-Langballe cabin excavated in 1991. Jens Hermand's cabin is a true copy of a cabineacavated on Langeroen south of Laesoe Saltworks - far out on Roennerne where the saline ground water delivered the raw materials for the Middle Age's very first industry in Denmark.
Jens Hermand's cabin is larger than the Vellev-Langballe cabin and is used for some of our arrangements for school, companies and larger groups.