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Oseberg

Oseberg ship 1904
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

On 8 August 1903, the archaeologist Gabriel Gustafson received a visit from Oskar Rom, a farmer who had dug into a large burial mound on his property and had come across the remains of a ship.

Oseberg prow
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

The Oseberg ship is a particularly fine vessel, and the person who had it made spent considerable resources on the decoration of the ship.

drawing of cart details
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

In 834 two significant women died, and were honoured with a magnificent burial.

animal head post
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

Five unique carved animal heads were found in the Oseberg grave. Four of them are exhibited in the Viking Ship Museum. Unfortunately the fifth is in very poor condition and the remains are kept in the Museum’s depository.

textiles
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

The two women buried in the Oseberg ship were accompanied by a lavish array of textiles designed for a range of uses. It was clear even during the excavation that the large numbers of textiles constituted a key feature of the Oseberg finds.

cart
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

The cart from the Oseberg finds was of considerable age even before it was placed in the grave. It was possibly built before 800.

sleigh from Oseberg
Published July 8, 2016 12:11 PM

The elevated status of the women in the Oseberg grave was underlined by their means of transport – not only did they have a beautiful cart but also three splendid sleighs.