Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Viking boat burial find is UK mainland first
The UK mainland’s first fully intact Viking boat burial site has been discovered by archaeologists working in the Scottish Highlands.
The 5m-long grave contained the remains of a high status Viking, who was buried with an axe, a sword with a beautifully decorated hilt, a spear, shield boss and bronze ring-pin.
The Viking had been buried in a ship, whose 200 or so metal rivets were also found by the team.
The 1,000-year-old find, on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, was made by the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project (ATP) which is a team led by experts from the Universities of Manchester, Leicester, CFA Archaeology Ltd and Archaeology Scotland
Funded this season by The University of Manchester, Newcastle University and The Leverhulme Trust, the project brings together students and academics at what may be one of Britain’s most significant Viking sites.
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