Remains of Viking ship found in Norwegian paddock under lost burial mound


Published

November 27, 2019 21: 33: 40

Researchers have actually found what they think to be a 1,000-year-old Viking funeral service ship buried under Norwegian farmland.

Key points:

  • The ship-like structure was spotted under the surface area of a Norwegian paddock
  • It is thought the ship initially extended in between 16 to 17 metres, however parts were damaged by tilling
  • Researchers will utilize non-invasive methods to survey the location even more

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) utilized a georadar car to scan paddocks in Edoy, in More and Romsdal County, while examining a possible settlement situated close by.

Analysis of the radar-mapped paddock exposed the overview of a boat believed to have actually been utilized in a Viking burial.

It is believed the ship, the remains of which step about 13 metres long, was when buried under a big mound, which was most likely lost after being used down by ploughs.

The vessel lies simply below the topsoil.

Researchers believe the traces spotted by their radar are the main parts of the ship, while the sterns at either end of the vessel were unintentionally damaged by tilling.

The ship is still underground, with scientists preparing to examine even more with non-invasive techniques.

But early images is currently painting a comprehensive image for scientists.

“The length of the keel indicates that the ship may have been a total of 16 to 17 meters long,” NIKU Digital Archaeology head Knut Paasche stated.

“It is prematurely to state anything specific about the age for the ship, however the ship need to be from the Merovingian or Viking Period.

“Which indicates the ship is more than 1,000 years of ages.”

Manuel Gabler and Dag-Oyvind Engtro Solem from NIKU carried out the studies in the location in September, a year after discovering appealing outcomes in a smaller sized search location.

“We had actually finished the agreed-upon area, but we had time to spare and decided to do a quick survey over another field,” Dr Gabler stated in an NIKU declaration.

“It turned out to be a good decision.”

The discovery resembled one made in 2015, when a 20-metre ship was found 50 centimetres underground in Viksletta, beside a hectic highway.

Last year’s discovery likewise consisted of 5 Viking longhouses — some of them stated to be “remarkably large” — and 8 burial mounds.

Topics:

community-and-society,

history,

science-and-technology,

archaeology,

norway

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