It has been more than a thousand years since anyone held this sword. But why was it placed on the left side of the grave?
Archaeology and Cultural History
The story of the cooking pits of yore has made one archaeologist feel – at least a litte bit – like Indiana Jones.
Every now and then, researchers are lucky enough to experience a Eureka moment — when a series of facts suddenly crystallize into a an entirely new pattern. That’s exactly what happened to Birgit Maixner from the NTNU University Museum when she began looking at artefacts and place names.
Two people died roughly 100 years apart. Nevertheless, they were buried together. In boats.
“A very rare and exciting find,” says NTNU University Museum archaeologist Raymond Sauvage.
“Vessels like these were imported from the Roman Empire and confirm that this was an area of status and wealth during Roman times,” says archaeologist Merete Moe Henriksen.
Regular protective treatment of rock carvings and paintings has done a good job protecting this important part of Norway’s cultural heritage. But according to the current schedule, the unique programme will end next year.