It’s been a while since I’ve shared anything from ThorNews, but this article caught my eye about the fascinating restoration of a 9th century Viking ship discovered in 1874 on the west coast of Norway! It’s great to see history come alive like this, and it’s a really interesting story of archaeology as well as history. Do read the whole article over at ThorNews, it’s pretty cool.
The about 100 foot long Myklebust ship is Norway’s largest Viking ship find. It was burned with king Audbjørn of the Fjords and his earthly goods around the year 870 AD. Now the ship is being rebuilt and it will be the main attraction of a brand new Viking center.
In 2019, the Sagastad Science and Experience Center opens in Nordfjordeid in Western Norway. The main attraction will be the about 100 foot (30 meters) long and 20 foot (6.5 meters) wide Myklebust Viking ship.
Right now, it is being reconstructed by experienced boat builders down by the fjord in Norfjordeid – right beside the location for the new center. Did you know that it is possible for visitors to watch the ship as it grows?
The fascinating and informative text below is from Sagastad’s homepage:
The Myklebust ship
The large Norwegian ship graves from the Viking age are unique in the global context. The Myklebust ship from Nordfjordeid on the west Norwegian coast is the largest Viking ship that has been found traces of in Norway, with a length of more than a 100 foot.
Comparison with the Gokstad and Oseberg ships. (Illustration: Sagastad/ Arkikon.no)
The Myklebust ship was excavated from “Rundehågjen” on the Myklebust farm in Nordfjordeid in 1874, several years before Gokstad (1880) and Oseberg (1904). The Myklebust ship differs from the Oseberg and Gokstad ships because the grave was cremated. The ship burning custom was typical for the west Norwegian coast in the 6th and 7th century. The Myklebust grave is both the last and the largest cremation grave we know from the Viking Age.
The layer of coal in the grave can tell us something about the dimensions of the ship. The mound has a diameter of 100 feet and is 13 feet tall, there was also a wide moat all around the mound which was refilled in the 1800s.