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Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology
Keep the Faith ^ | Wednesday, November 27, 2019 | Harry Cockburn

Posted on 11/27/2019 12:27:31 PM PST by robowombat

Ancient Viking ship discovered buried next to church using breakthrough georadar technology

A Viking ship believed to be over 1,000 years old has been discovered buried next to a church in Norway.

Archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) announced they had found the ship, believed to have been used in a traditional ship burial, using “breakthrough” large-scale high-resolution georadar technology.

The remains of the 17m vessel are buried just below the top-soil, at Edøy church on Edøya island in western Norway.

Archaeologists have suggested parts of the structure may have been damaged by ploughing.

The team said at this stage it is too early to date the ship, but they are confident it is from the Merovingian or Viking period, meaning the vessel is more than 1,000 years old.

The remains of a small settlement have also been found.

The find comes a year after a similar discovery of a burial ship at Gjellestad in southeastern Norway.

Dr Knut Paasche, the head of the department of digital archaeology at NIKU, and an expert on Viking ships, said: “This is incredibly exciting. And again, it’s the technology that helps us find yet another ship. As the technology is making leaps forward, we are learning more and more about our past.”

“We only know of three well-preserved Viking ship burials in Norway, and these were excavated a long time ago. This new ship will certainly be of great historical significance and it will add to our knowledge as it can be investigated with modern means of archaeology,” Dr Paasche said.

Archaeologists Dr Manuel Gabler and Dag-Øyvind Engtrø Solem at NIKU conducted the original surveys at Edøy in September which led to them making the the discovery.

Following a recommendation from local authorities they surveyed a smaller area around Edøy church in September 2018 and reported “promising results”. The area of ​​investigation was then expanded, and they went back in September this year.

“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,” said Dr Gabler.

The team at NIKU now wants to explore larger parts of Edøy and the surrounding areas.

“We hope to engage in a research project together with local authorities where we can conduct a larger investigation out here with several non-invasive methods of investigation,” said Mr Engtrø Solem.

Written by: Harry Cockburn


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: ancientnavigation; archaeology; chat; edoy; edoya; ggg; gjellestad; godsgravesglyphs; history; middleages; navigation; norway; notnews; renaissance; thevikings; viking; vikings
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1 posted on 11/27/2019 12:27:31 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

Why would a church be using georadar? Nothing wrong with that, I suppose, but it just seems odd.


2 posted on 11/27/2019 12:30:00 PM PST by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

It doesn’t say the church was using it. The archaeologists were using it.


3 posted on 11/27/2019 12:33:15 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin

Never mind, I didn’t read the awkward headline, until after posting my comment. I see what you mean.


4 posted on 11/27/2019 12:35:45 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: robowombat

Buried or covered over?


5 posted on 11/27/2019 12:38:26 PM PST by _Jim (Save babies)
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To: HartleyMBaldwin
Why would a church be using georadar?

Perhaps they were planning an addition or another structure, but wanted to be certain they would not be disturbing burials from centuries ago.

6 posted on 11/27/2019 1:00:49 PM PST by JimRed ( TERM LIMITS, NOW! Build the Wall Faster! TRUTH is the new HATE SPEECH.)
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To: robowombat

Imagine sailing the North Sea in a 50ft ship.


7 posted on 11/27/2019 1:26:59 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Mariner

Probably a lot shallower then, being before global warming and the resultant sea rise that must have taken place.


8 posted on 11/27/2019 1:35:35 PM PST by skimbell
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To: SunkenCiv

*ping*


9 posted on 11/27/2019 1:35:46 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Dear Mr. Kotter, #Epsteindidntkillhimself - Signed, Epstein's Mother)
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To: robowombat

Did they find any SPAM?


10 posted on 11/27/2019 1:49:49 PM PST by HombreSecreto (The life of a repo man is always intense)
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To: Mariner

Imagine sailing the North Sea in a 50ft ship.

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Yep, those were some stout folks willing to venture out on those seas.


11 posted on 11/27/2019 2:01:00 PM PST by Starboard
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To: HombreSecreto

SPAM ... Vikings ...?

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hwqlw


12 posted on 11/27/2019 2:08:56 PM PST by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Starboard

Their standard practice for ships that small was to hug the coast so they could swim ashore.

Still...


13 posted on 11/27/2019 2:19:28 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: robowombat

So what the heck is a traditional ship burial. Sounds like something out of Monty Python


14 posted on 11/27/2019 2:19:42 PM PST by cyclotic (Democrats must be politically eviscerated, disemboweled and demolished.)
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To: robowombat

A Ground Penetrating Radar unit mounted on an ATV is hardly breakthrough tech.

https://www.niku.no/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Ed%C3%B8yskipet_ingress.jpg


15 posted on 11/27/2019 3:20:36 PM PST by ltc8k6
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To: robowombat

So how old is the church? Was the ship buried according to Norse pagan practice or blessed by Christianity? Were some Vikings doing both at the same time? There is more to this story than meets the eye.


16 posted on 11/27/2019 4:02:55 PM PST by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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To: robowombat

PS These ships are beautiful, really works of art. I saw one in Oslo.


17 posted on 11/27/2019 4:04:25 PM PST by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks fieldmarshaldj.

18 posted on 11/27/2019 4:31:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Proof that Vikings “sailed to Valhalla”....

‘Face

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19 posted on 11/28/2019 2:40:12 AM PST by Monkey Face (If you see me talking to myself, move along. I'm self-employed and we're having a staff meeting. FB)
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To: Monkey Face

Cold Wind to Valhalla — Jethro Tull
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqG38ilt8mU


20 posted on 11/28/2019 8:21:13 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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