Rot hastens Viking ship’s excavation

Archaeologists and Norway’s director of cultural heritage are calling for rapid excavation of a Viking ship found buried in a field at Gjellestad near Halden in the fall of 2018. They’ve won initial support from government officials, setting the stage for what could be the first full-scale Viking ship excavation in Norway for 114 years.  […]

Archaeologists find another buried ship

Buried in the ground close to an 829-year old church on an island off Norway’s northwest coast lies a ship that archaeologists believe dates back to Viking times or even earlier. The archaeologists have once again uncovered an historic treasure through the use of georadar. “This is a discovery that has both national and international […]

Archaeologists find hull of Viking ship

Preliminary excavations into the discovery of more Viking treasures south of Oslo have led to the hull of what archaeologists are calling the Gjellestadskip. It’s reportedly “in good shape,” and believed to be older than Norway’s famed Oseberg and Gokstad ships. “I think the mood could be best described as more or less euphoric,” Christian […]

Norway finds another Viking ship

On an open field along the Oslo Fjord, among grave mounds from the Viking Age, archaeologists have found what they believe is another buried Viking ship. The discovery was made with the help of georadar that shows a ship-shaped object. The ship’s form was actually first spotted nearly two years ago, but many examinations were […]

Viking ships seem saved after all

Norway’s newly expanded government has specifically mentioned in its new platform that a new museum to house the country’s famed Viking ships will indeed be built. There’s still been no specific funding allocation for the project, but University of Oslo officials are relieved. “We’ve known for a long time that we have to do something […]

Hunters find intact Viking sword

A team of four men out hunting wild reindeer high in the mountains of Reinheimen stumbled over “something brown” lying in a field of rocks. It turned out to be a rusty but perfectly intact sword dating to around 800AD, and Norwegian archaeologists are ecstatic. “I thought it was a just a rusty iron rod,” […]

Parking garage work reveals historic graves

Archaeologists in Norway were claiming another sensational find this week, in connection with construction of a parking garage under the central square of the southern city of Kristiansand. Excavations have revealed many skeletons, including that of a general major involved in an uprising in 1787. The grave of Fredrik Dietrichson, who led military forces during the […]

Archaeologists confirm a saga

Excavations in Trondheim of a well from the 1100s have allowed archaeologists to confirm the story behind a saga from the time. Excavation leader Anna Petersén of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) says she’s overwhelmed by what she and her team have found. “In all my years in archaeology, this is one […]

Skull found in Bergen is ‘sensational’

A human skull found near a popular swimming beach south of Bergen on Norway’s West Coast last spring initially set off murder alarms. Now the police can instead report nothing short of a sensation, after test results showed the skull to be around 9,000 years old. “This is a sensational discovery,” Anne Karin Hufthammer of the […]

Redevelopment yields treasures

The ongoing redevelopment of Oslo’s waterfront, along with several nearby highway and railroad improvement projects, has led to one of Norway’s biggest archaeological excavations ever. The treasures and knowledge that continue to be unearthed are reaching “epic” proportions, according to archaeologists involved. On Monday came news of the discovery of a perfectly intact 23-carat gold ring with a […]