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AD 820, while the burial took place in the summer of AD 834.The question remains, though, where the building had taken place.The excavation of Storhaug took place already in 1887. No remains of a mast were found and the ship was characterised as a rowing vessel.The deceased had been placed inside a chamber together with two swords, two spears, a round quiver with 24 arrows, and entire set of blacksmith’s tools , a hand-quern of granite, a fire flint and steel, a large iron pot, a small box, containing a ring, and a bird’s feather.Other valuables were two splendid sets of gaming pieces made of glass and ember, a wax disk, a gold arm ring, and a number of beads.Grønhaug was found somewhat later and excavated in 1902. The man had been laid to rest in a burial chamber on a feather-bed, dressed in costly fabrics of which parts had been trimmed with silk.It is estimated the ships were between ten or fifteen years old, when they were used for burial between AD 780 – 790.Thus, these ship burials were somewhat older than Oseberg, where the ship has been dated to c.
The main conclusion is that the idea of how to bury a king was probably fostered in an Anglo-Saxon context and exported (back) to Scandinavia via “Western Norway in the eight century, culminating in the well-known Viking Age ship graves at Oseberg, Gokstad, Tune and Ladby”, writes the archaeologists.
One question, though, which is not debated in this context, is the parallel construction of magnificent stone ships – the largest of which may be found at Jelling (c.
900 – 950), measuring 354 meters – and how these interrelated with the burials, in which concrete ships were sacrificed as part of the internment.
Based on the artefacts found in the grave and the surrounding burials in the ground, it has been dated to the period after AD 550.
Other ship graves from the same period have been found in eastern Sweden as well as Norway.