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The Gjellestad excavation

A Viking ship is to be excavated in Norway, for the first time in over one hundred years. The Gjellestad ship will be able to provide completely new knowledge about the Viking Age – thanks to modern technology and new archaeological methods.

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  • gjellestad-spyle-660 Starting at the top July 3, 2020 8:30 AM

    We are well underway with the Gjellestad excavation, and we have started by systematically removing the top soil above the ship in a square meter grid. The top soil is placed piles on nonwoven cloth, which is marked with the with the grid number, to ensure we know where the piles are from.

  • rotevatn-660 The Gjellestad excavation is now in progress June 26, 2020 2:36 PM

    Today, Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn broke ground on the excavation of the Gjellestad ship. The remains of this Viking ship were found in 2018 on the farm Jellestad near Halden, and is one of the most remarkable archeological finds in Norway in after the second world war.

  • gjellestadskipet-660 The Gjellestad excavation June 16, 2020 10:40 AM

    A Viking ship is to be excavated in Norway, for the first time in over one hundred years. The Gjellestad ship will be able to provide completely new knowledge about the Viking Age – thanks to modern technology and new archaeological methods.

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Viking Ships

Viking ships are the most important symbol of the Viking Age. They once sailed the seas and rivers, bringing people and countries together.

The other ship excavations

The Oseberg ship

Oseberg ship was richly decorated and equipped with lavish burial gifts to the two women aboard.

The Tune ship

The Tune ship was the first Viking ship to be excavated in Norway.

The Gokstad ship

On the farm Gokstad in Sandefjord municipality there was a large burial mound called Kongshaugen, and it was said that there was treasures in it.

Modern archaeological methods

Konservering. Foto: Geir Anders Rybakken Ørslien / Statsbygg.

For 100 år siden var spader og børster arkeologenes beste verktøy. Siden da har det skjedd fantastiske metodiske fremskritt i arkeologien og hjelpevitenskapene.

Gjellestad Story

Illustrasjon av gjellestadstory.no

Join us on an interactive journey through a digitally reconstructed Gjellestad and experience what the archaeologists have found.

What kind of place was Gjellestad

Bildet kan inneholde: sletteland, beitemark, naturlige omgivelser, naturlig landskap, land mye.

The area where the Gjellestad ship was found is rich in discoveries from many different times, and there has been activity here all the way back until around 1500 BC.

What we already know

The archaeologists can now safely say that the ship is from the Viking Age, and they have also circled in the area the ship was built.