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The Viking ship lay underground for 1,000 years. Now they want to get it.

Not every day archaeologists manage to find somethingreally standing underground, but this time luck smiled at them and we are all on the verge of a great historical discovery that will allow us not only to understand what happened a thousand years ago in Norway, but, perhaps, to make related discoveries. All due to the fact that now they have miraculously found a twenty-meter boat. Apparently, she is the tomb of someone from the nobility or the great warriors of that time. But the most interesting thing is that, most likely, besides the burial inside are manuscripts, household items and other treasures. And even more interesting is that in the place where the find was discovered, people have been walking for hundreds of years, not even knowing what was under their feet.

On such boats, the Vikings went swimming. These ships were called drakkars.


  • 1 How the Vikings were buried
  • 2 Scientists have found the tomb of the Vikings
  • 3 How quickly a tree rots
  • 4 How archaeologists get their findings

How the Vikings were buried

At one time, it was believed that the Vikings were buried by putting in a boat called drakkar, and sent to the last voyage. Many people still think so and this is not surprising. The legend really sounds beautiful. The Vikings were extremely unusual guys, which means they should not have rituals like everyone else.

In fact, there is some truth to this. They really had cremation, but it was not always carried out and it was done on land, and the noble or simply rich Vikings were really buried in boats, but they were not allowed to go into the water, but tombs were arranged on land from them.

Sometimes archaeologists stumble upon such tombs andmake interesting discoveries. However, often, everything is limited to extracting the contents of such a tomb. The whole large ship was removed from the earth only in 1904, that is, more than a hundred years ago. A new archaeological operation is being prepared.

The legend is beautiful, but it is only a myth. The Vikings were not buried like that.

Scientists have found the tomb of the Vikings

A new burial was discovered in Norway. The most interesting thing is that the find is located exactly under the agricultural land. A bit away from this place a burial place had already been discovered, but archaeologists did not search further, since agricultural work had been carried out on neighboring fields for several hundred years. Then it was decided that everything was already corrupted, even if in principle there was something underground.

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One of the farmers later turned to geologists forcarrying out work to drain the land, but before starting work, geologists checked the ground with a georadar. In the end, to say that they were in shock is to say nothing. As a result of the study, they discovered a 20-meter ship underground. They even determined that the ship is more than 1000 years old.

This is what the find looks like.

Two years have passed since the discovery, but onlynow a decision has been made and funding has been received in the amount of one and a half million dollars for work. They will begin this summer and the result will be the removal of the ship from its thousand-year underground captivity.

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Most likely, except for the burial, there will befound real archaeological treasures, such as manuscripts, jewelry and household items of that time. Surprising is the fact that the ship has not yet been damaged, plowing the land for hundreds of years. Despite the fact that it is only 50 centimeters from the surface of the earth. That is, the plow almost reaches him.

The Vikings were tough guys.

How quickly a tree rots

As practice shows, a tree in the earth does not rotas much as it might seem at first glance. He needs humidity and air to rot. Under the ground there is only one of these components. As a result, wood decay slows down. The fact that scientists found a boat, means that the wood in it is not simple. This is an additional factor in its preservation for such a long time.

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However, fungi and other naturalthe destroyers are doing their job, and scientists say that you can’t pull and you need to get the boat as soon as possible while it is still intact. It may seem that she has been lying there for more than 1000 years and nothing will happen to her for a year (or she has already partially decomposed), but scientists believe otherwise. However, most likely, they just want to get a precious historical find as soon as possible.

How archaeologists get their findings

Since everyone what archaeologists work with, very old and fragile, to extract it from the earth requires a longpreparatory work. Even if it comes to stone finds, you still need to be careful with them, not to mention wood and metal, which are subject to natural decomposition.

Archaeologists should excavate with utmost care.

All work is carried out very slowly and carefully. When the finds themselves already appear on the surface, they are carefully cleaned with brushes and brushes so as not to accidentally break anything.

Most often, especially during large jobs,digging out an additional amount of land around so that scientists have access to the find from all sides. So they can simultaneously work on several parts of the relic.

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Additional elements are later installed forextraction by crane. Often, all work is accompanied by the construction of a pavilion over the place of work. This is especially true in rainy climates. So you can protect the find from rain and give people comfortable working conditions. An additional plus will be a higher speed of work due to the fact that you do not have to interrupt due to bad weather and you can work in two shifts. Most likely, this approach will be chosen to extract the found Viking ship, which is already Got the name “Ship of Hellestad”.