Ancient Viking ship found buried just 20 inches below ground on Norwegian farmland

A more than 1,000-year-old Viking ship was recently found resting just twenty inches below ground on a farm in Østfold, Norway, reports the National Geographic.

It’s estimated to measure about sixty-six feet long and appears to be largely intact. 

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The Viking ship was found by georadar at Viksletta right next to the monumental Jell Mound in Østfold. Photo: Lars Gustavsen, NIKU
The ship burial forms part of a larger mound cemetery and settlement site from the Iron Age next to the monumental Jell Mound. Illustration: Lars Gustavsen, NIKU
The outline of the Viking ship can clearly be seen in this image from the radar data. Image: NIKU
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Archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar also found what appears to be a number of graves, suggesting the vessel was buried as part of a funerary ritual, notes Gizmodo.

Its condition is unknown, with Knut Paasche, one of the researchers, commenting, “Yes there was a boat there, but it’s hard to say how much wood is left.” 

To date, only three well-preserved Viking ships have been found in Norway.  

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