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VIP Viking’s final resting place revealed – and it may contain treasure – World News

Archaeologist Jani Causevic of the Norwegian Institute for Heritage Research made the “incredibly exciting” discovery while exploring a proposed route for a new motorway

Archaeologist Jani Causevic from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)
Archaeologist Jani Causevic from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)

The final resting place of an important Viking has been unearthed in Norway after a lost ship was discovered en route to a proposed road.

Archaeologist Jani Causevic of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) said the discovery was “incredibly exciting” and the presence of the 30-foot vessel suggested the buried person was very important.

“Boats used to be an expensive thing,” he said. “Whoever is buried there was probably someone important and they wanted to mark that with a rich funeral.

“Normally people of high status would receive a boat burial.”






A lost ship marking the resting place of an important Viking has been unearthed in the path of a proposed highway

The remains were found during an investigation of the proposed route of the new E39 motorway in western Norway. Other smaller burial mounds near Øyesletta were also spotted with ground penetrating radar.

Although boat graves are not uncommon in Viking history, according to NIKU the graves generally contain smaller vessels than that found by Mr Causevic. This was large enough to accommodate six men.

“This is incredibly exciting,” said Mr Causevic. “Not only to find such a discovery, but also to see how using georadar gives us the opportunity to explore and document cultural history through new and exciting methods.”






The newly discovered boat is almost 30 feet long (9 m) and has room for six men

Øyesletta and the surrounding municipality of Kvinesdal were already known as burial sites, but this is the first time a boat grave has been found there.

The tomb has not yet been excavated and what treasures remain inside is still unknown.

“It is still unclear what will happen to the boat,” Mr Causevic said. “If the road work goes through it will be dug up, but if they choose another route the burials will most likely just be left alone.”

Boat burials are associated with the late Iron Age, ending in 800 AD in Scandinavia, and the subsequent Viking Age.

NIKU said they represented some of the richest Viking graves. On the other hand, NIKU said that the Øyesletta burial sites were active 1,500 to 2,000 years ago.

Today none of its burial mounds survive due to advances in agriculture.

Nils Ole Sandet, project manager at the local government, said: “That the project has managed to produce knowledge that we thought was lost is very exciting.

“It means we can better understand and convey stories about Iron Age society and Yesletta use.”

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