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Kaupang in Skiringssal was a Viking Age town and market. It is the first known trading outpost in Norway. The town was founded c.800 and was abandoned in the early 10th century. The site is open to visitors each summer, and offers activities as well…
Midgardsblot is a Viking metal music festival held at Borre in Norway. In 2016, the festival includes much more than music, with seminars on photography and a screening of the film 'Trace'. There are also living history activities.
The Gokstad ship was found in a burial mound at Gokstad in Vestfold, Norway. The ship dates to c. 890 AD and the burial probably took place c. 900 AD. A single male skeleton was found with the ship, but the site had been plundered before excavation…
This burial chamber was constructed towards the stern of the Gokstad ship. A tall man in his 40s or 50s was buried in it. The chamber was covered with birch bark, and remnants of silk were found between the logs of the roof. The burial chamber…
Two of the tent boards from the Gokstad burial affixed to the wall at Vikingskipshuset.
A bucket on the deck of the Gokstad ship. The shutters for the oar holes are also visible.
The man buried on the Gokstad Ship was about 5' 11" to 6' tall (approx. 180cm to 183cm) and was of powerful build. He was in his 40s or 50s when he died.
A view from the stern of the Gokstad ship, showing the steering oar in place.
A Frankish glass goblet from the Borre mound burial. It is thought that the goblet must have been at least 100 years old when deposited in the Borre mound.