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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Nov 2020 3:32 p.m. PST

"The excavation of the Gjellestad Ship, the first Viking ship burial mound to be excavated in Norway since 1904, has exposed the surviving structure of the ship. We've only seen its outline in a ground penetrating radar scan before, a pointed oval in the middle of a dark circle that marks the circumference of the mound that was built around it. Now the wooden skeleton of the ship itself is visible.

The ship was constructed around the 9th century and dug into a pit. Someone very important was laid to rest inside of it and then a mound was built on top to attest to the high rank of the deceased. The longship was an estimated 65 feet long when new. About 63 feet of its length (and 13 feet of its width) remains, with the losses concentrated and the front and back of the boat…"

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Eclectic Wave17 Nov 2020 1:20 p.m. PST

Something that I have always wondered but never found any information on, is are these boats actually working long boats or were they purposely built for the burial?

Anyone know?

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