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  The Gokstad ship
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  • The Gokstad ship - Oslo
      The Gokstad ship
    by Cristian_Uluru
  • The Gokstad ship - Oslo
      The Gokstad ship
    by Cristian_Uluru

The Gokstad ship was found in a large burial mound on the Gokstad farm in Vestfold, and excavated in 1880. It was built around 890 AD, and later used as a grave ship for a Viking chieftain. the body lay in a grave chamber built of horizontal timber logs.
The Gokstad ship burial was plundered by grave robbers in ancient time who probably removed all objects of gold or silver. In the museum you can see some of remaining Gokstad finds.
The Gokstad ship is 24 meters long with room for 32 oarsmen. It is the largest of the Viking ship on display and also the most robust. Compared with the Oseberg ship, we see that the keel and keelson are larger and more solidly constructed, the side planking higher, and that, when sailing, the oar holes could be closed and sealed using wooden flaps. During excavation, archaeologists found the remains of 64 shields which had been arrached to the outside railings. While the Oseberg ship was a luxury pleasure craft, the Gokstad was a sturdy and practical vessel, capable of sailing the high seas.

Address: Bygdøy
Phone: +47 22 13 52 80
Website: http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/index.html

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  • Written Oct 5, 2005
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