Six-year-old rewarded for rare gold coin

Andreas Øfstedal Clausen was out collecting seashells with his father along the Åbyfjord in Bamble last spring when he found something that proved to be much more valuable — a rare English gold coin from 1350 for which he’s now been rewarded. He was just five when he spotted the coin amidst rocks and seashells […]

Hobby collector finds sensational buckle

Johannes Folkestad was out walking with his metal detector on a hilltop at Fjaler in the western Norwegian county of Sogn of Fjordane last month when the dark November day suddenly brightened considerably. Folkestad found what historians call a “sensational”  buckle from the Middle Ages. “It was quite dark and I didn’t realize what was […]

Norway’s oldest city even older than thought

The Norwegian city of Tønsberg, about an hour’s drive southwest of Oslo, was believed to have been founded around 1100 AD. Now archaeologists think it’s at least 200 years older, following drilling tests around the downtown area. The city isn’t far from where Norway’s famous Oseberg Viking ship was excavated, and now it appears Tønsberg […]

Surprise discoveries halt restoration

Restoration work on the historic manor house in Eidsvoll where Norway’s constitution was developed and signed in 1814 has come to a halt, following unexpected archaeological discoveries in the building’s cellar. The discoveries are said to be of great cultural and historic value. The stately old home known as Eidsvollsbygningen has been undergoing restoration in […]

30 Viking graves found in Setesdal

Thirty graves believed to originate from the Viking period have been discovered in the valley of Setesdal, southern Norway. The major discovery earlier this summer was made in connection with a road project in the area. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that the burial area, near the settlement of Langeid, was first found in June as part […]

Viking axe from Oslo found in south

An axe dating from the Middle Ages or Viking period found in a cellar in south Norway is believed to be originally from an old estate in Oslo. The axe was originally found when Reidar Kjeldstrup was cleaning up his deceased parents’ property in 1961. Kjeldstrup only guessed that the axe was ancient when he […]

Viking is ‘forefather to British royals’

A joint Norwegian-French investigation hopes to reveal that Norwegian Viking noble Ganger Hrólf was the same person as Rollo, the first Duke of Normandy – and the forefather of the British royal family. Rollo, sometimes known as Robert I, is estimated to have lived between 846 and 931 AD, and was the first ruler of […]

Viking ship not just ceremonial

For years, it was widely believed that the ancient Tune ship on display at the Viking Ships Museum in Oslo was used mainly as a so-called “grave ship,” perhaps even built for the purpose of being buried in the grave of an important Viking. Now a new doctoral dissertation claims that it was not only […]

Remnants of ancient church found

As Levanger celebrates its 1000th anniversary, a vaulted basement in the center of town has been found to contain ashlar blocks of prepared marble, remnants of a medieval church. Tasked with searching for traces of early settlement in the town of Levanger in Northern Trøndelag, the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) were performing […]

Dig to begin at royal Viking estate

The largest archaeological project in Norway in nearly 10 years will begin in June to recover property of the Viking king Harald Hårfagre (alternatively known as “Harald Fairhair,” “Harald Finehair” or, simply, “Harald I”). He was, at any rate, the first king of Norway. Newspaper Aftenposten reports that the work will be taking place in […]