1100-Year-Old Viking Boat Discovered in Ireland

Archaeologists working on a trench near Castlebar, County Mayo, Ireland, have discovered a 10-foot-long, wooden boat believed to be from the Viking era. The craft may have been a cargo carrier or a fishing boat.

“We are hoping it is [from the Viking era], but it is certainly unique and very definitely medieval,” said Joanne Nolan. “It is a unique boat and the lightness of planking would suggest it was a cargo boat of light construction. It was found near the old lakeshore, which we believe receded twice in the 1800s when a mill race was being constructed."