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.
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.
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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