The Jellestad ship will get to relaxation this winter

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The archaeologists have put away the tools. Throughout this winter, plans will probably be made for additional exploration of the Jellestad ship from the Viking period, which has simply been present in Østfold.

 

-“What we want, is to proceed with an intervention-free methodology of exploration with geo-radar and magnetometers within the spring when the frozen floor layer has defrosted. However, there will probably be areas the place we should use an excavator, particularly in locations the place we can’t see. We have to know if the wooden is preserved,” says conservator and archaeologist Sigrid Mannsåker Gundersen within the cultural heritage part of Østfold County Municipality.

As soon as all the knowledge has been collected, the Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren) determines the way in which ahead.

Present in April

The primary tracks created by a geo-radar of the Jellestad ship was made in April. The findings had been made on the burial mound Jellhaugen on the Gjellestad farm in Berg in Halden municipality in Østfold.

Nevertheless, the bottom was so moist that the geo-machine needed to be pulled out off the bottom with the assistance of the farmer’s tractor.

In August, the archaeologists resumed after the scorching summer time, and this time they discovered clear traces of the 20-metre-long Viking ship. The discover will be in comparison with the Oseberg ship, the Gokstad ship and the Tune ship.

A lot could possibly be destroyed

The archaeologists aren’t stunned if a number of the ship is destroyed. The hope is that the underside could also be situated in clay and is preserved.

Jellhaugen (the Jellestad mound), which is the grave of the ship, was levelled and ploughed within the 19th and early 20th century. Right this moment it has been reconstructed.

It’s the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Analysis (NIKU) that carried out the analysis that led to the findings.

 

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