Archaeologists unearth Viking boat burial in Scottish Highlands
London (CNN) — British archaeologists have discovered the 1,000-year-old boat burial of a Viking warrior in the Scottish Highlands.
The man was laid to rest inside his boat, surrounded by valuable items including an ornately-decorated sword, a shield, a spear and an ax — all of which suggest he was of high status.
Experts say the find — the first fully intact grave of its kind on the UK mainland — may be part of one of the country’s most significant Viking sites.
“A Viking boat burial is an incredible discovery,” said project co-director and archaeologist Dr Hannah Cobb, from the University of Manchester.
“But in addition to that, the artifacts and preservation make this one of the most important Norse graves ever excavated in Britain.”
Archaeologists from several universities have spent the past six years carrying out digs at a number sites on the remote Ardnamurchan Peninsula, on Scotland’s west coast.
They are aiming to trace the whole history of the area, from the first traces of human habitation 6,000 years ago to the present.
Previous excavations nearby have uncovered a Neolithic tomb, a Bronze Age monument, and a 19th century site linked to the Highland Clearances.
But Dr Oliver Harris of the University of Leicester, one of the project’s leaders, said the boat burial was “the best of the bunch.”
“It’s absolutely fantastic — the find of a lifetime,” he told CNN. “It is very rich, very old, the sort of thing I dreamed of excavating as a boy.”
Other grave goods found with the Viking included a knife, flints, a bronze ring pin from Ireland, a whetstone from Norway, and items of pottery from the Hebrides.
Viking boat burial found
The team also excavated hundreds of metal rivets, which would have held together the Viking’s boat —
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