Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Treasure Blog: Viking Ship Burial, Ardnamurchan, Scotland

Smaller and less ornate than the more famous Sutton Hoo ship burial, which was a Saxon, rather than Viking, ship burial.

Of course, as an archaeological dig that is centuries old, there isn't much left, with the sword and axe buried with the warrior nothing but masses of powdery rust. An artist's conception of how it would have looked:

Just looking at it I'd think that the man was probably a notable warrior but not any sort of king or other leader, since the grave goods are at a minimum and no precious metals such as gold or silver are present in the grave. Or perhaps this is how Vikings buried their common warriors?

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