The Swedish authorities have announced the first grave finds of Viking boats for more than fifty years Stockholm was shocked to discover the remains of Viking boat graves with human remains.
There are only a handful of known burial sites of this kind in the Land – While rare in Sweden, discoveries of Viking heritage elsewhere have become more common In Scandinavia, Norwegian archaeologists found remains of longhouses and at least one ship below the topsoil near Halden in southeastern Norway last year Months later, another ship was discovered on the coast of the Oslofjord in Midgard Viking Center in Horten.
One of the two boats found in the tomb is intact and contains the remains of a man, a horse and a dog. Personal items such as a sword, a spear, a shield and a decorated comb were also in the grave. The people discovered in the grave probably had a high social status, since it is believed that such boat burials were reserved for only a privileged few. A spokesman for the consulting archeologist Arkeologerna called the find "sensational".
"This is a unique excavation. The last excavation of this grave type in Old Uppsala was almost 50 years ago, "said the archaeologist Anton Seiler. Especially exciting for the team is that the grave content is so well preserved and undisturbed. This is because it will be the first opportunity for archaeologists to study Viking burial traditions using modern scientific analysis methods in Sweden. "We can now apply modern science and methods that yield new results, hypotheses, and answers. We will also put the boat burials in relation to the very special area of Old Uppsala and the excavations carried out here. "Seiler said.
A Routine Excavation
Such a find was not expected at all for archaeologists at the beginning of the project. Ancient Uppsala was an important religious, economic and political settlement as early as the 3rd century and is rich in historical remains. The routine excavation began last fall on the grounds of the rectory. The work included the excavation of a cellar and well known from the Middle Ages.