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Viking ship excavation begins in Norway. First excavation in 100 years

The Viking ship Oseberg on display at the Viking Museum in Oslo, Norway. Mark Edward Harris / Photolibrary / Getty Images Plus

PortandTerminal.com, June 28, 2020

OSLO, NORWAY – Archaeologists in Norway have begun the first excavation of a Viking ship in more than a century.

Archaeologists found the Viking ship grave in the Oslofjord region of south-east Norway, the same region in which the country’s other famous Viking ships were discovered more than 100 years ago.

Excavation of the Gokstad Viking ship 1880. This latest discovery is the first ship to be excavated in over 100 years. Photographer unknown.

Although it is believed to be in poor condition, the find remains significant as only three other well-preserved Viking ships have been discovered in the country.

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) found the clear imprint of a ship during a georadar study of the area in 2018.

Georadar image showing outline of Viking ship
The Viking ship burial site was discovered using georadar in a farmer’s field in the Oslofjord region of south-east Norway, 

Prior to the Gjellestad excavation, only three known ships still exist from the many hundreds that would have been based in Norway during the Viking Age. The Oseberg, Gokstad and Tune ships are all on display at the Oslo Viking Ship Museum.

The excavation is expected to last five months.

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