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 […]

Skull found in Bergen was from the Middle Ages

Police in Bergen called off a potential murder investigation on Thursday after a human skull was found Wednesday night near a popular shoreside park. The macabre discovery by two people out walking didn’t belong, though, to anyone currently in the police’s missing persons file. The skull grabbed attention and police immediately cordoned off the area […]

Metal detection club finds treasures

A group of metal detector enthusiasts and three archaeologists spent the weekend exploring the area around an historic manor house in Ørland, Sør-Trøndelag, and made some surprising discoveries.  All told, 24 members of the metal detection club from Trondheim found 400 items around the estate called Austråttborgen, some of them said to be in “national […]

Archaeologists find 1,300-year-old ski

Melting glaciers in the high mountains of southern Norway are revealing some treasures from the country’s past. Archaeologists working for Oppland County have reported the discovery, for example, of a ski believed to be 1,300 years old, complete with its binding. The wooden ski was among items found in a glacier in what’s now Reinheimen […]

Medieval graves unearthed in Oslo

Archaeologists working in advance of a major railway expansion project in Oslo have unearthed around 100 skeletons from more graves found in the area around the city’s Middelalderparken, a park on the site of Oslo’s oldest area dating back to the Middle Ages. It’s not the first time archaeologists have made such discoveries in Oslo’s Bjørvika […]

Stone Age brain stuns experts

Norwegian archaeologists working on a dig in Stokke, southwest of Oslo, have unearthed what they believe is the brain mass from a person living in the Stone Age. They told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Thursday that it’s likely among the most important discoveries in Norway ever. “It’s not easy to see, you need to have some training […]