Boat burials might help solve mystery of Viking trading center

To most historians, Steinkjer was just a name mentioned in the Norse Sagas, but new evidence discovered in two boat graves in Lø, Norway, may have solved the puzzle of the mysterious trading center.

Among the finds were more than 400 beads, two Viking-age H swords, and set of balance scales, originating from the west. These and other clues have led experts to believe that this was the site of a major trading post. "Even though there is no archaeological proof that there was a trading place in Steinkjer during Viking times, there are several aspects that support this idea," wrote archaeologists Geir Grønnesby and Ellen Grav Ellingseni n Vitark, an academic journal published by the University Museum from Dec. 2012.