Norwegian Researchers Find Rare and Enormous Ship Burial Site Discovered by Georadar

BY Tiya Chatterji 26.Nov.2019

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) have uncovered a grave with a difference just yards from Edøy church on Edøya island in western Norway using cutting edge Georadar technology.

The 65-foot-long ship was covered over more than 1,000 years ago to serve as the final resting place of a prominent Viking king or queen. This discovery makes it one of the largest Viking ship graves ever found.

As opposed with the previous discoveries at Gjellestad, Norway in 2018, the remains of the ship are located just below the surface within what was once a burial mound. In the radar imaging, the mound appears as a circle about 60 feet wide. In the middle of the mound, archaeologists detected a 43-foot-long-keel, and hints of the first two strakes of hull planking are visible on each side.

“This is incredibly exciting. And again, it's the technology that helps us find yet another ship. As the technology is making leaps forward, we are learning more and more about our past,” said Dr. Knut Paasche, head of the department of digital archaeology at NIKU.

Paasche is an expert on Viking ships and said that the new find will be “of great historical significance.” Although many Viking ship graves have been found over the years, only three well-preserved ships have been excavated.