Painstaking race against time to uncover Viking ship’s secrets

Inch by inch, they gently pick through the soil in search of thousand-year-old relics. Racing against onsetting mould yet painstakingly meticulous, archaeologists in Norway are exhuming a rare Viking ship grave in hopes of uncovering the secrets within.

Who is buried here? Under which ritual? What is left of the burial offerings? And what can they tell us about the society that lived here?

Now reduced to tiny fragments almost indistinguishable from the turf that covers it, the 20-metre (65-foot) wooden longship raises a slew of questions.

The team of archaeologists is rushing to solve at least some of the mystery before the structure is entirely ravaged by microscopic fungi.

It’s an exhilarating task: there hasn’t been a Viking ship to dig up in more than a century.

The last was in 1904 when the Oseberg longship was excavated, not far away on the other side of the Oslo Fjord,

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Researchers Excavating Norwegian Viking Ship Burial Find Remnants of Elite Society | Smart News

This summer, Norwegian archaeologists embarked on an ambitious, tricky venture last attempted in the country more than 100 years ago: the full excavation of a Viking ship burial.

In May, Norway’s government dedicated roughly $1.5 million USD toward excavating the Gjellestad ship—a time-sensitive project, as the vessel’s wooden structure is threatened by severe fungal attacks. After archaeologists set up shop in a large tent on a farm in southeastern Norway, they commenced the painstakingly slow process of digging, reported Christian Nicolai Bjørke for Norwegian broadcaster NRK in August.

Now, with the dig set to continue through December, new research continues to shed light on the burial site’s history. In a study published this week in the journal Antiquity, researchers from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) revealed that the Viking ship wasn’t buried by itself. Per a NIKU statement, ground-penetrating radar (GPR) identified a feast hall, farmhouse,

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Norwegian archeologists using radar discover buried Viking ship

Norwegian archaeologists have discovered a Viking burial site, complete with a long-buried, 62-foot-long Viking ship. The find was revealed in a study published Wednesday in the journal Antiquity. The site is located in Gjellestad, which is home to the Jell Mound, one of the largest Iron Age burial mounds in Scandinavia. In addition to the previously unknown Viking ship burial, the area may include a feast hall, farmhouse and some kind of religious structure.

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The scientist didn’t have to dig up the site; instead, they used ground-penetrating radar to map the underground features.


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“The site seems to have belonged to the very top echelon of the Iron Age elite of the area, and would have been a focal point for the exertion of political and social control of the region,” Lars Gustavsen, lead study author, said in a press release.

Researchers say the site has its

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Norwegian Archaeologists Discover Viking Age Ship Burial

Archaeologists using radar technology have discovered a millennium-old ship burial in southeastern Norway, at a site that they hope will offer clues about life during the period after the fall of the Roman Empire through the end of the Viking Age.

Lars Gustavsen, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research and the lead author of a paper on the findings, published Wednesday in the journal Antiquity, said his team made the discovery in April 2018 in Gjellestad, Norway. A farmer notified the local authorities about his plans to build drainage ditches in one of his fields, prompting the archaeological survey.

“Before we started we knew about maybe one other site like it in that area,” Mr. Gustavsen said. “Now we have another one that could probably provide us with more information about how society was built, what kind of political system they had, what kind of technological

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Archaeologists in Norway find rare Viking ship burial using only radar

Norwegian archaeologists have identified a previously undiscovered “high-status” Viking burial site, featuring a feast hall, cult house, and the remnants of a ship burial.

a sign on the side of the road: The remains of a Viking Age ship have recently been discovered in Norway using ground-penetrating radar technology.

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The remains of a Viking Age ship have recently been discovered in Norway using ground-penetrating radar technology.

Researchers were able to discover the findings without having to dig into any land, instead using ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to see below the surface.

Key amongst the findings from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research — published Tuesday in the Antiquity journal — is a Viking ship burial site located on the Jell mound in Gjellestad, southeastern Norway. Boats symbolized safe passage into the afterlife and were usually accorded to the elite of Viking society.

The GPR data showed that the Iron Age vessel measures around 19 meters (62 feet) long, with the ship buried between 0.3 meters to 1.4 meters (0.9 to

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Teemu Pohjola is appointed the CFO of Polttimo and Viking Malt Group

Teemu Pohjola is appointed CFO of Polttimo and Viking Malt Group effective 3rd of November 2020.

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Teemu Pohjola is appointed CFO of Polttimo and Viking Malt Group effective 3rd of November 2020. Photo: Viking Malt.

Previously Teemu Pohjola held the position of the CFO of Huhtamäki Fiber and Foodservice segment leading an international team of Finance professionals driving its financial strategy and performance since 2017. Prior to that he has worked in international context for 15 years, holding several strategic finance positions in among others Fazer and Salcomp.

“We are pleased to welcome Teemu to our leadership team,” said Kasper Madsen, CEO of Viking Malt Group. “His deep and extensive experience in leading the financial operations in an international context as well as driving the strategic initiatives will be very valuable for us. He will provide strong

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