Norwegian couple discover Viking-era grave under their home
A Norwegian couple got a shock while renovating their old family home near Bodø in northern Norway this month.
After removing the boards and sand with the intention of installing insulation, the couple discovered several rocks. They continued to dig and spotted something shining in the light.
A discovery of the viking era
According to TV2 at first they thought it was the wheel of a small car, but since the ground had never been lifted since the house was built in 1914, it must have been something else. The item turned out to be a glass bead.
The couple also found a large iron ax head and several other iron objects. They contacted the Nordland County Authority who is responsible for cultural heritage. Experts from the Tromsø Museum visited the house the next day.
According to Norwegian law, all cultural monuments that show traces of human activity before 1537 are automatically preserved.
A complete search
Archaeologists have now started a full excavation of what they believe to be a Viking Age tomb. While such burial sites are not uncommon in Norway, it would be the earliest example of one found under a house.
Archaeologist Martinus Hauglid said the glass beads and iron objects probably date from the end of the Viking Age, when Norway switched to Christianity and became a single kingdom.
“We assume it dates back to the 9th century, probably a tomb from the Viking Age. Now there is a group of archaeologists from Tromsø doing an investigation, and they will bring all the finds north,” a- he declared. Bodø Nude. The iron objects and beads are already at the University of Tromsø for further study.
Discoveries across Norway and beyond
This find is the latest in a long line of fascinating archaeological finds in or related to Norway.
Recently a rare example of Romanesque style board game dating from the Viking Age was discovered at Ytre Fosse, north of Bergen. Earlier this year, a rare roman coin was discovered on the island of Donna in northern Norway, while other Viking-era board game pieces have been found on Lindisfarne off the coast of northeast England, where one of the first Viking raids is believed to have taken place.
Melting glaciers in the Norwegian mountains have revealed the full extent of the Lendbreen Pass, an important trade route from Roman times until the end of the Middle Ages. Fragments of clothing, sleds and a line of cairns marking the trail were among the artefacts found.