Experts Find 1000-Year-Old Viking Ship Grave Buried Under Norwegian Mound

Started by gash, June 10, 2019, 07:50:26 pm

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For over 1,000 years, farmers near the Norwegian village of Jellestad have plowed their fields and planted their crops next to a large hill over 30 feet tall in an otherwise flat landscape. But this mound wasn't made by nature; it was the handiwork of some of the greatest sailors and warriors that Europe has ever known: the Vikings.
The Vikings descended from their bases in the frozen North of Scandinavia to terrorize the peoples of mainland Europe from the 8th to 11th centuries A.D. Their incredible ships sailed around the known world, making it all the way to the Middle East and even discovering North America.

For people in modern Scandinavia, the remains of Viking treasure are still buried all around them, often just beneath the surface in the least-expected places. The Jellhaugen mound is well-known for locals and farmers who use it as a landmark, their own little mountain.

But as recently as 2018, researchers with the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Research found signs of a strange object inside the mound. As Dr. Knut Passche, director of archaeology at the Institute, told The Daily Mail, his team realized the anomaly in the mound "clearly ha[d] the shapes and dimensions of a Viking ship."

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