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Rare Viking longship burial found in Norway

Oct 16, 2018

Archaeologists using radar detected ancient grave concealed just 50cm below top soil

Image generated from radar showing the Viking ship

Traces of a 65ft-long Viking ship have been found buried just 50cm beneath the ground near the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) made the discovery on farmland in the southeastern county of Ostfold. The ancient boat, detected with a ground-penetrating radar, may “shed light on the skilled navigators’ expeditions in the Middle Ages”, reports news agency AFP.

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The find is all the more remarkable bec ause the imposing burial mound that once covered it has long since been ploughed out.

“I think we could talk about a hundred-year find,” says archaeologist Jan Bill, curator of Viking ships at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. “It’s quite spectacular from an archaeology point of view.

“It would be very exciting to see if the burial is still intact. If it is, it could be holding some very interesting finds.”

Radar scans show clear outlines of the keel and floor timbers, Live Science says.

“The ship is part of a cemetery that has the remains of at least seven burial mounds, which are dome-shaped hills of dirt and stones piled on top of a grave, the scans indicate,” the news site continues. “The remains of five longhouses, where the Vikings would have lived, were also detected near the cemetery.”

According to National Geographic, the ship was probably covered over more than 1,000 years ago to serve as the final resting place of a prominent Viking king or queen. Intact Viking ship graves of this size are “vanishingly rare”, adds the site.

Archaeologists plan to use other forms of geophysical scans to uncover more details about the ship and the surrounding cemetery. However, they hope to avoid excavating the site, “as the ship may be damaged when exposed to the open air”, Live Science explains.

Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway

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Cutting-edge technology was used to detect the ship, which is buried less than 2 feet below the topsoil.


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A huge underground discovery by scientists in Norway teaches us that you never know what kind of secrets are hidden just below the surface.

Archeologists used cutting-edge technology to make the startling discovery: a rare Viking longship â€" buried less than 2-feet below the topsoil.

A high-resolution, ground-penetrating georadar shows the nearly 66 -foot-long ship is at least partially preserved.

The Norwegian Institute for Culture Heritage Research said only three other well-preserved Viking longships have ever been discovered in Norway.

Experts won’t immediately unearth the ship, but they will digitally map the site.


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