Digging is penalized as experts attempt to unearth the remains of their first Viking boat to be found in Norway for more than a century.
The boat, called Gjellestad, is buried just beneath the topsoil in the Jellhaugen burial site from the south-west of the nation.
Archaeologists, who made the discovery a couple of decades back, consider the remains are in a bad condition with just areas of the timber maintained.
However, they say the discovery is nevertheless important because not many cases of those ships have been found.
“It’s been over a hundred years because the last time we needed a Viking boat excavation at Norway and there are just a few finds of a Viking boat up to now,” explained Dr. Knut Paasche, by the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research, which will be headquartered in Oslo.
It helps the experts find out more about the boats themselves, in addition to how individuals in the time lived their own lives.
Burial mounds were broadly utilized in early Scandinavia for dignitaries.
Some like the Unesco World Heritage site in Jelling, Denmark, are resting areas for royalty and have been assembled with stones that formed the form of a ship.
However, the Gjellestad website includes a genuine lumber boat.
“Our very best guess is that it’s about 24 meters [in length] and that is quite a massive mound boat,” Paasche informed Euronews.
“It may [have had] 30 or even 35 rowers but it’s likely to have approximately 100 men onboard a boat like this, so it is rather significant. Since we have not opened the tomb mound yet we can not be certain, but it can a warship.”
Even though the stays are just under the surface, the excavation will require five months.
It’s a lengthy process because the dirt may contain nails and other important hints of this boat, Paasche explained.