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archaeology

Viking grave discovered in Scotland

Published onsdag 19 oktober 2011 kl 17.55
Archaeologists digging through a burial boat that carried a Viking to his final resting place over a thousand years ago. Photo: Dan Addisson/Scanpix

A well-preserved Viking grave has been discovered in Scotland. The grave is about 5 meters long and is thought to be from the 900s and to have belonged to a high-ranking warrior.

According to the BBC, archaeologists have so far found an axe, a sword and a spear. It was over a millenium ago that these items were placed in a boat with the dead on the person's last voyage.

Experts say this is one of the most interesting Norse graves ever discovered in Great Britain.

The Vikings came from what is present-day Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They travelled outside of Scandinavia from 700 to 1100 AD, fighting, plundering and trading.

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