Viking ships sail out of public view

Norway’s famed Viking Ships Museum was closing its doors on Thursday, and won’t reopen until a new “Museum of the Viking Age” emerges in its place in 2025. It means Norway’s greatest national treasures won’t be seen for nearly five years, and that’s sparked complaints. “This is extremely problematic,” said Mona Pahle Bjerke, art critic […]

Historic excavation now underway

UPDATED: A full-scale excavation of a Viking ship found within a settlement from Viking times is now underway at Gjellestad near Halden in Southern Norway. It’s the first time such an extensive archaelogical dig has been undertaken for 115 years, and it’s already yielding some important discoveries. Not since the famed Oseberg and Gokstad ships […]

Norway moves forward with Viking excavation

The Norwegian government has provided funding, as expected, to begin a long-anticipated excavation of the so-called Gjellestad Viking ship. Government minister Sveinung Rotevatn hopes work can begin in June. The historic vessel was found in a farmer’s field near Halden in Southern Norway in October 2018, and signs of rot have hastened efforts to try […]

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 […]

State finally funds Viking ship repairs

Leaders of the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo could finally heave a sigh of relief on Monday, when government officials signaled release of NOK 35 million in funding for a new museum. Government ministers were also claiming that preservation of the ancient vessels housed there has always been a priority, despite dire warnings that Norway’s […]

Still no money to repair Viking Ships

Officials at the University of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural Heritage have been disappointed once again after the government’s revised state budget still provided no funding for its efforts to keep Norway’s famed Viking Ships from literally falling apart. “We are extremely surprised and disappointed that the government hasn’t found place in the budget to take […]

More cracks found in Viking ship

Officials at Oslo’s famed Viking Ship Museum have found more cracks in the wooden Gokstad ship that’s been on public display since 1932. Anxious experts have added to its support apparatus, in the hopes of preventing the ancient vessel from collapsing. “When 1,000-year-old ship planks begin to weaken, the situation is extremely serious,” said Håkon […]

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 […]