A team of workers laying electrical cable through the village of Salme on the island of Saaremaa in Estonia were stunned to stumble across a early Viking era ship burial containing the remains of warriors and their possessions. More extraordinary was the discovery of a second, larger ship a mere 30m (98ft) from the other.
Aboard the ships were a number of large, strapping Vikings, probably killed in battle whose remains dated to around 750 CE. Over 1,000 artifacts were found, including fragments of swords, shield bosses, and a large number of gaming pieces carved of bone and walrus tusk. The "king" piece of one is believed to have been buried in the jaw of one of the skeletons.