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Live Stream and Lovely Finds

Two weeks ago, the dig was marked by cameras, visits, and awesome finds!

Per (left) excavates in the southern end of the ship, while Margrethe, actress Silje Torp, and host Ole Andreas Laache Klevan records the daily summary for Thursday September 24th. Photo: Christian L. Rødsrud/KHM.

The week of September 21st to September 25th was Alltid viking (Always Viking) week, a collaboration project between the Norwegian Broadcasting Company (NRK) and our excavation. The point of this project was to visualize what an archaeological excavation can be like, minute by minute, through a live stream. Therefore, we got to experience what it is like to work in front of cameras from start to finish every workday last week. It was a different experience and quite strange to begin with, but all in all it turned out alright!

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Camilla gets interviewed by the radio show P2 Nyhetsmorgen while excavating. Photo: Margrethe K. H. Havgar/KHM.
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Despite (or maybe because of?) the cameras, the mood at the site was quite good! Photo: Christian L. Rødsrud/KHM.

While most of us excavated, Margrethe joined forces with NRK journalist Christian Nicolai to answer viewer questions during the live stream. We were quite overwhelmed by how engaged and curious you guys were!

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We tried to work as we usually do, even though we were on camera. Here Magnus (left) and Christian (right) are discussing a structure in the northern end of the ship. Photo: Petter Larsson/NRK.
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Christian Nicolai (left) and Margrethe (middle) spent each day diligently answering viewer questions from the live stream. Sometimes Christian (right) sat next to us. Photo: Petter Larsson/NRK.

Every day ended with a summary broadcast with host Ole, project manager Christian, and dissemination coordinator Margrethe, along with a few cool guests. Both the live streams and summaries of the whole week are still available at Alltid viking's website, so go ahead and have a look if you did not get a chance to tune in, or if you want to watch it over again.

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On Wednesday we were visited by documentary creator Gry Molvær Hivju and actor Kristofer Hivju. Here they are posing with the whole team on one of the excavation platforms. Photo: Petter Larsson/NRK.
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On Wednesday actress Silje Torp came to visit. Here she is in front of the covered Gjellestad ship with dissemination coordinator Margrethe and project manager Christian. Photo: Petter Larsson/NRK.
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The Hivjus got to try their hand at excavating during daily summary on Wednesday. Photo: Magnus Tangen/KHM.
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Margrethe explains how we excavate to Silje and Ole during Thursday's daily summary. Photo: Christian L. Rødsrud/KHM.


During the week, two pretty awesome finds were uncovered: A very distinct, gorgeous row of nails in the southern end of the ship, and animal bones in the mid/northern section of the ship. The row of nails is located in the area where the strakes were fastened to the prow, which gives us a clear indication of how the ship was constructed. The animal bones are relatively large in size, so we think that they are the remains of an ox or a horse that has been sacrificed to be part of the burial. The bones are also in the area that we think contained the burial chamber. Although the topmost layers of the bones are heavily decomposed, they seem to be better preserved further down. This indicates that it is quite likely that things are better preserved deeper into the ship burial!

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The row of ship nails we uncovered in the southern end of the ship. Photo: Margrethe K. H. Havgar/KHM.
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The animal bones (the orange shapes) we uncovered in the mid/northern section of the ship. Photo: Margrethe K. H. Havgar/KHM.

We want to thank NRK for a super fun week, and those of you who tuned in to the live stream! Remember, even though the live stream has ended, you can still follow the progress of the excavation here on our website, in addition to our Facebook event, and The Viking Ship Museum's Instagram.

Tags: Gjellestad 2020 (english) By Margrethe K. H. Havgar
Published Oct. 5, 2020 9:54 AM - Last modified Jan. 20, 2021 1:45 PM