Ancient Viking burial ship discovered in Norway

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Recent radar data has uncovered a remarkable discovery at an ancient Viking burial site in Norway. Contrary to previous beliefs that the area was devoid of significant findings, it has now been revealed that the site houses the remains of a Viking ship dating back 1,200 years.

According to reports from Live Science and local science news outlet ScienceNorway, archaeologists employed georadar, also known as penetrating radar, during the summer of 2022 to investigate the site.

The location had previously been excavated in 1904, yielding disappointing results, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Georadar technology utilizes radio waves to create detailed maps of underground terrains, as explained by ScienceNorway.

This innovative approach has enabled researchers to make this extraordinary discovery and shed new light on the historical significance of the Viking burial ground.

“The georadar signals vividly depict the outline of a 20-meter-long ship.

Its width is substantial and bears resemblance to the Oseberg ship,” remarked Håkon Reiersen, an archaeologist from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, as reported by ScienceNorway.

The burial site, located on the island of Karmøy in western Norway, was originally discovered by archaeologist Haakon Shetelig over a century ago.

Back then, as stated by ScienceNorway, Shetelig had uncovered just a small assortment of wooden tools and arrowheads.

According to Live Science, the recent discoveries suggest that a Viking ship burial took place in the late eighth century CE.

This type of burial involves converting a ship into a tomb to accompany the deceased along with their belongings, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.

Similar ship burials have been found in the archaeological remnants of several ancient seafaring civilizations across the globe.

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