Chemical analyses of the iron objects from Gokstad
In contrast to other metals, iron was produced in large quantities in Norway at the time of the Gokstad burial.
The production was based on bog ore, which is formed when ground water containing dissolved iron from the subsoil is exposed to oxygen.
Chemical signatures are identified
In the associated project Iron Origins, a method to identify the chemical signature of these ores have been developed along with baseline data about different chemical bog ore signatures from Eastern Norway.
Where are the iron objects from?
This sub-project shall investigate to which degree the iron objects in the Gokstad burial have an origin within the region, and if so, if there are any production areas that are of special importance. The analyses are performed by PhD Lena Grandin, Geoarchaeological Laboratory at the National Heritage Board, Stockholm.