Researchers believe that the ship is More than the 1000-year-old.
Viking ship discovered, archaeologists using ground-penetrating radar found a big mound carved into a western Norwegian island — along with the remains of a “huge” ship as long as 55 feet, Paasche told The Washington Post, in a discovery that may tell new tales about how the ships evolved to become fearsome and agile vessels more than 1,000 years ago.
The archaeologists used high-resolution geo radar mounted on a cart to make the discovery. In fact, it was almost by chance they Viking ship discovered.
The discovery on the Edoy island, announced Nov. 22 by the Institute for Cultural Heritage Research — where Paasche is an archaeologist and researcher — was part luck.
“We had actually finished the agreed-upon area, but we had time to spare and decided to do a quick survey over another field. It turned out to be a good decision,” Manuel Gabler, an archaeologist with NIKU, said in a statement.
A forgotten grave
The outline of the ship shows up clearly in the radar images, circled by the remains of a ditch that once surrounded a burial mound.
“This is a very common trait for grave mounds,” archaeologist Dag-yvind Solem, of the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), told Ars.
“In addition to having a potentially symbolic meaning, it is thought that [ditches] have the very practical function of making the mounds seem bigger than they really were.”
It probably came as a surprise to farmer Per Hassle, too, but he’s taking the discovery in stride. “The burial is indeed located on a working farm, but we couldn’t have wished for a more agreeable landowner,” Solem told Ars. “He is very interested in history, especially local history, and is very enthusiastic about the project.”
The survey at Edoy was done as a collaboration between Møre and Romsdal County, Smola municipality and NIKU.
The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology helped develop the geo radar technology used in the survey.