On 8 August 1903, professor Gabriel Gustafson of the University's Collection of National Antiquities in Oslo received a visit from a farmer: Knut Rom from the Lille Oseberg farm in Slagen in Vestfold.
On the Gokstad farm in Sandefjord, there was a large burial mound. It was said that there was a ship within it. In the autumn of 1879, the two teenage sons on the farm were bored. They began to dig into the mound, to see if they could find anything interesting. And they certainly did.