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The Tune grave

In the grave the archaeologists found the remains of a man, three horses and several burial gifts. The man in the Tune grave must have been a person of importance. 

© Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo / Morten Krogvold og Svein Kojan.

The burial chamber

The Tune ship was oriented almost directly north-south in the burial mound. The interior of the ship was lined with moss and juniper. Amidships a burial chamber with a flat roof had been built. The walls were fixed into the clay on the outside of the ship. The remains of a man lay in the burial chamber.

A man of high standing

We do not know who he was, but he must have been sufficiently important to deserve a magnificent and splendid grave. Even though the grave had been plundered and only remains of the burial gifts were preserved, they reveal that the dead man was of high standing. He was accompanied to the grave by three horses. One was found in the ship and two outside.

His weaponry accompanied him

The archaeologists found what remained of his weaponry: a sword hilt, two spearheads, a shield boss and what are presumably the remains of chainmail. In addition the finds included a die, two beads, cloth remnants, parts of a ski, the remains of a saddle and a few carved pieces of wood of unknown purpose. These objects were described in the notes made during the excavation. 

The objects disappeared

Since the Tune ship was found at a time when modern archaeology had not as yet taken form, many of the objects disappeared during or just after the excavation and were thus never brought to the museum. The objects that remain today are unfortunately in very poor condition.

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Published July 7, 2016 4:17 PM - Last modified Sep. 22, 2016 10:57 AM