Initially, a narrow spade was also used to dig up the beets but its use was aborted as it was not too handy.
Weeding was repeated six times between May and July, while earthing up four times.
The work was extremely arduous, as the short handles of the hoes meant that one had to stoop all the time.
Just earlier this week, a team of archaeologists digging in a field east of Ribe found what appeared to be part of a Viking gold bracelet on the same site that in June produced the largest ever discovery of Viking gold in Denmark.
Other notable 2016 discoveries have included an 1,100-year-old crucifix that may change the understanding of when Christianity came to Denmark, an amulet depicting Odin's ravens, a hoard of 700 year-old coins, and a ‘lost' rune stone that turned up in a farmer's backyard, to name just a few.
Work in Denmark was particularly difficult due to differences in weather conditions.
All work carried out by Polish seasonal workers was valued according to a pricelist, used to calculate the wages.The first group of Polish seasonal workers came to Lolland in 1893.These were probably people who did not find work in Germany.In bundles of white linen cloth, they would transport bread, bacon and cheese – their main food during the journey, which took two to four days.The farm labourers coming to Denmark looked after the entire sugar beet lifecycle, from sowing until harvesting.From there, the seasonal workers travelled by train to Rostock, then boarded a ship to sail from Warnemünde to Gedser.