Archaeology & History
Ancient Viking settlement found in Norway
By T.K. Randall
December 26, 2015 · 15 comments
The area was originally inhabited by a fishing community. Image Credit: Oscar Wergeland
A huge 1,500-year-old Viking fishing village site has been unearthed during excavations at an airport.
The discovery, which covers an area of more than 13 football pitches, was made during the construction of an expansion at Ørland Airport on Norway's northwest coast.
Artifacts recovered from the site include jewelry, animal bones and the remains of a glass goblet.
The items are thought to be some of the oldest ever recovered from this time period in Norway and archaeologists believe that the soil's low acidity levels would have likely helped to preserve them.
"This was a very strategic place," said project manager Ingrid Ystgaard. "It was a sheltered area along the Norwegian coastal route from southern Norway to the northern coasts. And it was at the mouth of Trondheim Fjord, which was a vital link to Sweden and the inner regions of mid-Norway."
"Nothing like this has been examined anywhere in Norway before."
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