En georadar har avdekket spor av et vikingskip og en rekke gravhauger og hus fra jernalder ved Jellhaugen i Halden kommune.

The Gjellstad Ship

Archaeologists armed with a motorized high resolution georadar have found a Viking ship and a large number of burial mounds and longhouses in Østfold County in Norway

The discoveries were made by the archaeologists Lars Gustavsen and Erich Nau from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) with technology developed by the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI ArchPro).

The Viking ship find is just below the topsoil, at a depth of approximately 50 cm initially buried in a burial mound. The digital data visualisations reveal a large and well-defined 20 m long ship-shaped structure. The data indicate that the lower part of the ship is still preserved. Further non-invasive investigations are planned to digitally map the unique find and the wider landscape.

The sensational find is located at Viksletta right next to the monumental Jelle mound in Østfold County, Norway. The team has discovered the traces of at least eight so far unknown burial mounds destroyed by ploughing. The georadar data also revealed 5 longhouses – some of them remarkably large.

If you have any questions regarding this find please get in touch with Knut Paasche or Thomas Wrigglesworth

 

  • Status
    In progress
  • Client
    Østfold fylkeskommune/ NIKU
  • Time
    2018
En georadar har avdekket spor av et vikingskip og en rekke gravhauger og hus fra jernalder ved Jellhaugen i Halden kommune.
Area The ship burial forms part of a larger mound cemetery and settlement site from the Iron Age next to the monumental Jell Mound. Illustration: Lars Gustavsen, NIKU
NIKUS geoarada har avdekket fem langhus, minst 8 gravhauger, og en skipsgrav.
NIKUs georadar system The Viking ship was found by georadar at Viksletta right next to the monumental Jell Mound in Østfold. Photo: Lars Gustavsen, NIKU
Ship outline The outline of the Viking ship can clearly be seen in this image from the radar data. Image: NIKU

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