Coring in the Gokstad mound
The Gokstad mound is an important source to the burial and an archive for information about how the landscape at Gokstad looked and was used at the time of the burial.
The mound as it looks today is a result of the restauration carried out after the bones of the Gokstad man had been reburied in it in 1928, but below the present mound extensive remains of the original one is preserved.
In the autumn of 2011, a large coring programme will be carried out to map the extent of the preserved parts of the original mound and to take out samples for analyses. The main questions in focus concerns landscape reconstruction, the construction of the mound, and the location, size and history of a break-in trench from the 10th century. A broad array of analytic methods will be used, including microstratigraphic studies, micro- and macrofossil and chemical analyses. The analyses are carried out by an international research group fronted by Richard Macphail from University College London and Johan Linderholm from University of Umeå.