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Posted on 06/01/2004 2:25:09 PM PDT by blam
Major excavation to open Viking graves
The largest excavation of a Viking burial site in 50 years is underway at a farm in Vestfold, south of Oslo. Archaeologists already started finding ship nails last week, and chances are good more Viking treasures are about to be revealed.
This aerial view shows the burial sites, including contures of a ship at far left.
PHOTO: DAGFINN SKRE, UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Expectations are high as experts start opening up ancient Viking gravesites over the next few weeks. "This is an incredibly exciting project," says Lars Erik Gjerpe of the University of Oslo's Historic Museum in Norway.
Gjerpe, in charge of the major dig at Gulli Farm in Vestfold, said he and his team expects to find weapons and jewelry, including jewelry brought back to Norway by Vikings more than 1,100 years ago.
The site lies adjacent to the busy E-18 highway, which is due to be expanded later this year. Archaeologists have the summer to find what they can following preliminary investigations last year.
Gjerpe said the wordwork from the burial ship in the first grave has rotted away, but judging from where nails were found, measurements can reveal much about the ship's size and construction.
The graves, which stem from the end of the 8th century to the middle of the 10th, have been linked to affluent relatives of farming families at Gulli. The excavation is the biggest since the Kaupang dig in the 1950s
TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeology; economic; excavation; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; gravesc; history; major; viking
posted on 06/01/2004 2:25:11 PM PDT
posted on 06/01/2004 2:25:49 PM PDT
posted on 06/01/2004 2:27:52 PM PDT
The graves, which stem from the end of the 8th century to the middle of the 10th, have been linked to affluent relatives of farming families at Gulli.
Geeesh. Even in death the govt. comes along and digs you up.
I always wondered what happened to him.
posted on 06/01/2004 2:36:06 PM PDT
by Dog Gone
Would this ill-advised action not invoke the wrath of the...the ...Viking Kitties???
Holy Horned Hat, Batman, do they realize what they're doing??
posted on 06/01/2004 2:36:16 PM PDT
(Nobody ever came to regret or ruin by NOT trusting muslims.)
This is why I want to be buried with my middle fingers extended.
I told my kids exactly what I want them to say in my eulogy -
"Look, he's moving!"
posted on 06/01/2004 2:49:22 PM PDT
(I wish we could all look at the evil of abortion with the pure, honest heart of a child.)
To: Eurotwit; AdmSmith
Euro, you didn't tell us about this.........
posted on 06/01/2004 2:55:51 PM PDT
("America will never be intimidated by thugs and assassins." ( Azadi baraye Iran)
To: Dog Gone
40 for 60!
There is no I in team! -J.K.
posted on 06/01/2004 3:04:57 PM PDT
(" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
There's no "we" either! -- some beer commercial.
posted on 06/01/2004 3:12:27 PM PDT
by Dog Gone
To: Dog Gone
There is an 'm' and a 'e' though.
posted on 06/01/2004 3:44:15 PM PDT
by Dead Dog
...finding ship nails last week, and chances are good more Viking treasures are about to be revealed.
The author sure has a different idea than I do as to what constitutes treasures.
Nails are treasure?
posted on 06/01/2004 4:01:20 PM PDT
(Time wounds all heels.)
Not just any nails!
posted on 06/01/2004 4:08:19 PM PDT
by El Sordo
To: blam; *Gods, Graves, Glyphs; A.J.Armitage; abner; adam_az; AdmSmith; Alas Babylon!; ...
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posted on 06/01/2004 5:17:35 PM PDT
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