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The history about J√łrgen Riecks Archaeological Collection

J√łrgen Rieck’s Archaeological Collection is the result of a whole life’s commitment to amateur archeology. The collection has been collected by former guard manager at Danfoss, J√łrgen Rieck, who came from Thy, but was resident in Svenstrup at Nordals.

J√łrgen Rieck was only eight years old, when he walked behind his father on a hunting trip and found a flint. In a 1956 article in the Danfoss newspaper, “Ventilen” (The Valve), J√łrgen Rieck explained that the flint tools he found at that time set off his boyhood fantasy, and that the Stone Age people became his great heroes.

 

His father was a capable amateur palaeontologist, i.e. a collector of fossils, so J√łrgen Rieck has had a good role model.

Fortunately, both J√łrgen Rieck and his father Laurids Rieck were married to women who appreciated the men’s interests. Trisse (Eva) Rieck said at her wedding that she married a stone-rich family. In the beginning she was perhaps a bit jealous of her husband’s passion, but over time she became an equally passionate collector like J√łrgen Rieck himself.

 

 


In 1971, as the collection grew beyond the available space, and – especially – as J√łrgen Rieck wanted others to have the opportunity to see the big collection, he opened his own private museum in a barrack in the backyard at Nordborgvej in Svenstrup.

In 1992, the collection was moved to the old school at 4 Egebjergvej in Svenstrup. J√łrgen Rieck thus transferred his collection to the then Nordborg Municipality provided the municipality made the rooms available and paid for light, water and cleaning.

 

 

At the same time, the association “Friends of Rieck’s Archaeological Collection” was created with the purpose of safeguarding the collection and keeping watch during opening hours. The ‚Äėfriends‚Äô are now part of ‚ÄúE Svenstruplaug‚ÄĚ.

The collection was and is widely known in archaeological circles. Dutchmen regularly come to Svenstrup to visit the collection. In addition, 30 European and American participants at a 1993 world congress for archaeologists in Vejle, journeyed to Svenstrup to see the collection. The experts were very impressed with the size and content of the collection.

 

One of J√łrgen Rieck’s sons, Flemming Rieck, is a trained archaeologist and among other things, he has completed excavations in Nydam Mose during the period 1989-99.

From the museum’s scrapbook (in Danish):

‚ÄĚJeg samler gamle sten‚ÄĚ.¬†Artikel, ‚ÄĚVentilen‚ÄĚ, 1956

‚ÄĚTo stenrige m√¶nd med flinke koner‚ÄĚ. Artikel, 31.12. 1953 (kilde?)

‚ÄĚPrivatmand √•bner museum¬†‚ÄĚ. Artikel, Jydske Tidende 14.3.1971

‚ÄĚ Hjertebarn f√•r eget museum‚ÄĚ. Artikel, JydskeVestkysten 28.4.1992

‚ÄĚFint bes√łg‚ÄĚ. To notitser i JydskeVestkysten 14.9. og 17.9 1993