The boat dates between the seventh and 10th centuries, around the time the Vikings began exploring and raiding Europe
[Credit: Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU)]
The feature, which was dug into the natural deposits, had been disturbed in several places by later pits and postholes, but it was quite clearly boat-shaped.
"Careful excavation revealed that no wood remained intact, but lumps of rust and some poorly-preserved nails indicated that it was a boat that was buried here", says archaeologist Ian Reed.
The remains of the boat show that it was at least 4 meters long and oriented more or less north-south.
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