In the 1970s, however, remains from the 8th century and north of the river were excavated.
Later excavations have continued to fill out this history yielding multiple evidence of Ribe as an important Viking emporium from the beginning of the 8th century.
Various workshops built on the land, which had been systematically divided into regular plots, demonstrated what has later been decided was a permanent settlement.
 Recent excavations (2008 – 09) south of the river have significantly added to this picture.
800 – 1000 with a final abandonment of the burial ground c. This terminus ante quem for the burials was indicated by dendrochronology (respectively 10). Formerly, a heathen burial ground had been partly excavated to the north-east with an additional small burial ground with what was probably a mixture of heathen and Christian burials from the 10th century.
What had now been found was not only an earlier burial ground to the south of the river.
You cannot credibly cram the complicated linguistic, cultural and philosophical developments which are in evidence in Vedic literature, into just a few centuries.
But since this argument of plausibility can always be countered with the argument that unlikely developments are not strictly impossible, we need a firmer basis to decide this chronological question.
On the north of these, the early market town was located.
The southern one – the present centre of the town – had until recently been considered uninhabited until the 11th century.
Soon after – we are told in the vita of Ansgar – he received a piece of land in Ribe and permission to build a church there.
The king also allowed for a priest to reside there on a permanent basis.
The determination of the age in which Vedic literature started and flourished has its consequences for the Aryan Invasion question.