The boat burials of Valsgärde, Sweden, might be slightly before the Viking Age. But you’ll see them mentioned a lot in various articles on this site. A recent study reveals that the warriors in these burials were resting on feather beds. Read more: Birgitta Berglund and Jørgen Rosvold, ‘Microscopic identification of feathers from 7th century boat burials at Valsgärde in Central Sweden: Specialized long-distance feather trade or local bird use?’ in: Journal of Archeaological Science: Reports (Volume 36, 2021).
A board with beautiful decorations made of whalebone. But what was it for?
So much being said and written about The Dig! Amazing. Is this hyping for the sake of hyping when news is slow? I like the following pieces: Bede, The Dig and Sutton Hoo (BL blog), Inside The Dig (BM blog), and the four blog posts professor Howard Williams has already devoted to the movie.
It is just another day, as workers dig a trench near the village of Salme, Estonia. Their job is cable maintenance, but instead, they find ancient artefacts.
The gripping beast on the bow of the ship.
The BBC has finally also reported about the Gjellestad excavation! What took them so long, I wonder? What had me totally and completely in stitches is the site of Oslo’s Museum of Cultural History! They have an advent calendar of the Gjellestad excavation! Two doors have opened so far – where is the rest?