The remains of a Viking ship has been discovered in southern Norway, thanks to ground penetrating radar.
Officials from Vestfold County Council announced the discovery this week, which was found with help from Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) and LBI ArchPro. The ship is about 15 metres long, and buried at a depth of also 15 metres.
Terje Gansum, head of cultural heritage in Vestfold County, explains, “The images show a boat shape, and we can see faint trace of a circular recess around the boat. Perhaps this indicates that it has been removed a heap on the site? How much is preserved under peat is not possible to answer. We will now study found several non-intervention methods and repeat use of ground penetrating radar.”
National and local officials praised the find. Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister Ola Elvestuen said in a statement, “The discovery of the Viking ship in Vestfold is a historical novelty that will attract attention worldwide. It is located in an area that already has a rich history from the Viking era. The county has made an important and extensive work here to take care of this historical legacy of national and international importance.”
Rune Hogsnes, the county mayor of Vestfold, added, “It’s not every day we find a new Viking ship, so this is really exciting. But for us Vestfold is no surprise. It hides many treasures from this era under the turf in our county.”
Top Image: Vestfold County Council