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Significant Scandinavian Viking grave found in Scotland. A British archaeologist has discovered what is believed to be a unique piece of history on the UK mainland. According to the University of Manchester’s Dr Hannah Cobb, Ardnamurchan’s fully-intact Viking burial boat site in the West Highlands is “very exciting”. Dr Cobb tells the BBC, the “artefacts and preservation make this one of the most important Norse graves ever excavated in Britain."

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Significant Scandinavian Viking grave found in Scotland

Published on Friday, 21st October, 2011 at 13:45 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last Updated on 21st October 2011 at 13:57.

A British archaeologist has discovered what is believed to be a unique piece of history on the UK mainland.

Hannah Cobb with Viking artifacts
Hannah Cobb with Viking artifacts
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According to the University of Manchester’s Dr Hannah Cobb, Ardnamurchan’s fully-intact Viking burial boat site in the West Highlands is “very exciting”.

Dr Cobb tells the BBC, the “artefacts and preservation make this one of the most important Norse graves ever excavated in Britain."

The male Viking was found on the west coast of Scotland and was buried in a five-metre long boat approximately 1,000 years ago.

Included in the grave was an axe, a sword, a spear and a shield. Teeth, bones, and pottery and a grinding stone from Norway were also discovered.

Whilst burial finds such as these are not uncommon in Norway, others in the UK have previously only been found on the Orkneys.

An equally exhilarated Viking expert and archaeologist, Knut Paasche, tells NRK the boat will be reconstructed to learn more about its history.

“There is no doubt that the discovery is from the late Viking age, and there are indications there this has been a state burial”.




Published on Friday, 21st October, 2011 at 13:45 under the news category, by Lyndsey Smith   .
Last updated on 21st October 2011 at 13:57.

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