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Ship burial treasures to return to Salme

The grave goods of two pre-Viking Age ship burials will return to their origins. Archaeologists discovered the Salme ships in 2008 and 2010. In the past years, the main focus is to prepare and preserve the treasures from the burials. Now, the artefacts are ready for display and destined to go back home.

They will have a spot at the permanent exhibition at the local museum on the island of Saaremaa, where the ships were first discovered. It is one of the oldest museums in Estonia and located in a fourteenth century castle.

This ships’ hoards will hopefully go on display in May 2021. In the meantime, you can have an up-close-and-personal look at the gilted sword pommels, gaming pieces and knives in the gallery of photos on the Estonain Public Broadcasting website, ERR.

Featured Image: Site of the Salme ship burial (Wikipedia / Ave Maria Mõistlik / CC BY-SA 4.0).

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The rich history of the Viking Age is a source of inspiration for my web site The Viking Age Archive, and for writing stories in general.

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