Brøndsted was born in Grundfør, Jutland.
From 1941 through 1951, Brøndsted was a professor of Nordic archeology and European prehistory at the University of Copenhagen. He left this position to become the director of the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen, a position he held from 1951 through 1960.
- Recherches à Salone (1928)
- Danmarks Oldtid (three vols.; 2e; 1957-1959), a prehistory of Denmark
- The Vikings (1960) (English edition: trans. Kalle Skov; Penguin, Harmondsworth; 1965; ISBN 0-14-020459-8)
Recognition and distinctions
- 1952, Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy
- 1953, gold medal of the Royal Society of Antiquities
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