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 […]

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 […]