A ship burial? Yes. Apparently it was a Viking custom. This was found, according to the note published in Antiquity magazine. And thanks to ground penetrating radar (GPR) it was found without digging. This is how the Viking ship was found buried in Norway.
Archaeologists in Norway found the remains of a previously unknown Viking ritual center. It includes a ballroom, a place of worship and a ship burial. It was in the Gjellestad area. Jell Mound is one of the largest Iron Age burial mounds in Scandinavia. And new research suggests that this is just a trace from the surface. There is also a previously unknown banquet hall on the premises.
Historical records indicate that three more burial mounds were demolished on this site in the 19th century. That suggests that there is more to the site than meets the eye.
However, it turns out that even the three hills destroyed are only the tip of the iceberg. The GPR showed that there were once 13 burial mounds in Gjellestad. Some are more than 30 meters wide.
One of these hills has an anomaly in the GPR data. It is probably a buried ship. These ship burials were likely reserved for powerful Vikings. In addition, the researchers found a mine in the GPR data. They also saw a large building, probably a party room. Next to something that could be a house of worship.
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“The location seems to belong to the highest level of the Iron Age elite in the region. It would be the center of exercise of political and social control in the region, “he said. It’s a statement Lars Gustavsen. He is the lead author of the research. He works at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research.
This page can cover a key period in Scandinavian history. It goes from the collapse of the Western Roman Empire to the rise of the Vikings.
“It is a stepping stone for further investigation. We can learn a lot about these turbulent times, ”said Gustavsen.
Test excavations have been carried out and a full excavation of the ship’s burial is underway. The Viking ship buried in Norway is the first in 100 years. It’s a great opportunity to use modern technology to study it.