Burial Mound May Include Viking Longship

Researchers from the University of Oslo believe that an oval shape which has come up on radar studies of a burial mound near Toensberg may be a Viking longship. The researchers hope that the ship may be intact. "If we're lucky, we'll find some woodwork," archaeologist Trude Aga Brun told Newspaper VG. The composition of the local clay was responsible for the preservation of the Gokstad ship, found just a mile away, which had been built in the late ninth century.

Many Viking ship graves have been found in Norway, though in most instances, the ship itself had rotted away and the graves had been robbed over the subsequent centuries. There have only been three intact Viking ship finds in Norway prior to this find.