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The First Viking Ship Excavation In A Hundred Years Began In Norway

The First Viking Ship Excavation In A Hundred Years Began In Norway

In Norway, archaeologists for the first time in more than a hundred years began to dig at the site of the burial of a Viking ship, the BBC reports. The process is expected to take about five months.

The ship was discovered in Hallestad in the South-East of the country two years ago. As the portal Livescience wrote, a Viking cemetery was also discovered there, where the ship was ritually buried.

The ship is buried about 50 cm underground in a field. It was detected using radars. Initially, it was not dug out for fear of damage in the process, but then it was decided to remove the remains of the ship to prevent further destruction.

Scientists fear that the ship is in poor condition, but still, the scientific significance of the find is difficult to overestimate, since at the moment only three Viking ships have been preserved in Norway. The last such ship was discovered in 1904.

According to Knut Paasche, an expert at the Norwegian Institute for cultural heritage research, only part of the 20-meter wooden ship has been preserved. Earlier it was reported that the structure was seriously damaged due to fungus. But modern technology allows archaeologists to understand what it looked like before.

The ship was presumably built between the end of the seventh century and the beginning of the Tenth century. Most likely, it was used for long-distance travel.