"In the middle of the mound, we discovered what is called an anomaly, something that is different from the rest and clearly has the shapes and dimensions of a Viking ship", Knut Paasche, an archaeologist at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU), told AFP.
Archaeologists said on Monday they have found what they believe are traces of a Viking ship buried in southeast Norway, a rare discovery that could shed light on the skilled navigators' expeditions in the Middle Ages. "It's quite spectacular from an archaeology point of view".
Morten Hanisch, the county conservator in Østfold, added: "We are certain that there is a ship there, but how much is preserved is hard to say before further investigation". "There was one king or queen or local chieftain on board". The radar, however, can not reveal if any bones or grave goods remain in the burial mound.
And, in addition to the mound that contains the remains of the ship, the radar survey revealed the remains of at least seven other previously unknown burial mounds that had been destroyed by ploughing, as well as the remnants of five longhouses.
"The ship burial does not exist in isolation, but forms part of a cemetery which is clearly created to display power and influence", added archaeologist Lars Gustavsen, project leader from NIKU. Curry at National Geographic cautions that while the ship may be an archaeological goldmine, it probably is not a real goldmine. Although they originated in present-day Norway, Denmark, and Sweden, they managed to voyage as far as the Mediterranean, Central Asia, and even North America - all thanks to their beloved ships. It's likely the once-prominent burial mound was looted centuries before farmers finally toppled the hills in the 19th century. Just previous year, for instance, researchers in Iceland discovered two ship burials, one of which contains the interment of a chieftain along with his sword and his dog.