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The Gokstad ship is a late 9th century Viking ship found in a ship burial beneath a burial mound at Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold, Norway. It was excavated in 1880 by Nicolay Nicolaysen. As a means of recording the passage of time the 9th century was the century that lasted from 801 to 900. ... Models of Viking ships at port, including a Knarr, Longship and Faering Viking ship is a collective term for ships used during the Viking Age (800–1100) in Northern Europe. ... Ship burial of Igor the Old in 945, depicted by Heinrich Semiradski (1845-1902). ... Alternate meanings of barrow: see Barrow_in_Furness for the town of Barrow in Cumbria, England; also Barrow, Alaska in the U.S.; also River Barrow in Ireland. ... Sandar (until 1932 named Sandeherred) is a former municipality in Vestfold county, Norway. ... County Vestfold District Municipality NO-0706 Administrative centre Sandefjord Mayor (2004) Bjørn Ole Gleditsch (H) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 370 121 km² 119 km² 0. ... County NO-07 Region Østlandet Administrative centre Tønsberg County mayor   Area  - Total  - Percentage Ranked 18 2,224 km² 0. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Nicolay Nicolaysen (born 1817 — died 1911) was a Norwegian archaeologist. ...

The Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway
The Gokstad ship at the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo, Norway

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The ship

The Gokstad ship is clinker-built, constructed largely of oak. The ship is 24 m long and 5 m wide. It is the largest in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. The ship was built to carry 32 oarsmen, and the oar holes could be hatched down when the ship was under sail. It utilized a square sail of c. 110 square meters, which, it is estimated, could propel the ship to over 12 knots. While the ship was traveling in shallow water, the rudder could be raised. Clinker is a boat building technique used for constructing hulls of boats and ships by fixing wooden planks and in the early nineteenth century, iron plates to each other so that the planks overlap along their edges. ... Species See List of Quercus species The term oak can be used as part of the common name of any of several hundred species of trees and shrubs in the genus Quercus (from Latin oak tree), and some related genera, notably Cyclobalanopsis and Lithocarpus. ... Viking Ship Museum and the Oseberg Ship. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ...


Dendrochronological dating suggests that the ship was built of timber that was felled around 890 AD. The growth rings of an unknown tree species, at Bristol Zoo, England Pinus taeda Cross section showing annual rings, Cheraw, South Carolina Pine stump showing growth rings Dendrochronology or tree-ring dating is the method of scientific dating based on the analysis of tree-ring growth patterns. ... Events The sovereignty of prince Svatopluk I in Bohemia is confirmed. ...


The ship's design has been demonstrated to be very seaworthy. A replica of the ship crossed the Atlantic from Bergen, Norway to be exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, in 1893. Another replica, the Gaia, currently has Sandefjord as its home port. The Viking at the world fair in Chicago, 1893 The Viking is the reconstruction of a viking ship found in a burial mound near Sandefjord, Norway in 1880. ... County Hordaland District Midhordland Municipality NO-1201 Administrative centre Bergen Mayor (2004) Herman Friele (H) Official language form Neutral Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 215 465 km² 445 km² 0. ... One-third scale replica of Daniel Chester Frenchs Republic, which stood in the great basin at the exposition, Chicago, 2004 The Worlds Columbian Exposition (also called The Chicago Worlds Fair), a Worlds Fair, was held in Chicago in 1893, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher... County Vestfold District Municipality NO-0706 Administrative centre Sandefjord Mayor (2004) Bjørn Ole Gleditsch (H) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 370 121 km² 119 km² 0. ...

Gokstad Viking ship excavation. Photographed in ~1880
Gokstad Viking ship excavation. Photographed in ~1880

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The skeletal remains

During the excavations, the skeleton of a male aged between 50-70 years was recovered. The skeleton was found in a bed inside a timber-built burial chamber. Although the identity of the person buried is unknown, it has been suggested that it is that of Olaf Geirstad-Alf, a petty king of Vestfold. He was of the House of Yngling, and died about this time, according to the Heimskringla. Olaf Gudrødsson, or as he was named after his death Olaf Geirstad-Alf, was a legendary Norwegian king of the House of Yngling from the Ynglinga saga. ... The Ynglings (Heimskringla), Scylfings (Beowulf) or Sons of Frey (Gesta Danorum and Ynglingatal) were the oldest known Scandinavian dynasty. ... Heimskringla is the Old Norse name of a collection of sagas recorded in Iceland around 1225 by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson (1179-1242). ...


The grave goods

The grave was furnished with grave goods. Apart from the ship itself, they consisted of three small boats, a tent, a sledge and riding equipment. It is believed that the mound was plundered in ancient times. The excavation in 1880 showed that valuables of gold and silver had been removed. In the Viking period, weapons were considered an important part of a man's grave goods. In the case of the Gokstad ship, any such weapons were probably taken by grave robbers.

Currently, the ship, the reconstructed burial chamber, two of the small boats and two tent boards from the burial chamber are displayed in the Viking Ship Museum in Oslo. Some other artifacts that survived the plundering are also on display in the museum. Image File history File links Viking,_replica_of_the_Gokstad_Viking_ship,_at_the_Chicago_World_Fair_1893. ... Image File history File links Viking,_replica_of_the_Gokstad_Viking_ship,_at_the_Chicago_World_Fair_1893. ... The Viking at the world fair in Chicago, 1893 The Viking is the reconstruction of a viking ship found in a burial mound near Sandefjord, Norway in 1880. ... One-third scale replica of Daniel Chester Frenchs Republic, which stood in the great basin at the exposition, Chicago, 2004 The Worlds Columbian Exposition (also called The Chicago Worlds Fair), a Worlds Fair, was held in Chicago in 1893, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher... Viking Ship Museum and the Oseberg Ship. ... This article is about the capital of Norway. ...


See also

The Oseberg longship (Viking Ship Museum, Norway) vantage exactly from the front - one of the most stunning expressions of Norse art and craftsmenship The Oseberg ship was found in a large burial mound at the Oseberg farm near Tønsberg in Vestfold county, Norway, in 1904. ... The Tune ship is a viking ship of the karv type found at Haugen farm in Østfold, Norway. ... Sutton Hoo ceremonial helmet (British Museum, restored). ... The Snape boat grave is a 5th-6th century boat grave foud at Snape Common, near Aldeburgh in East Anglia. ... Ship burial of Igor the Old in 945, depicted by Heinrich Semiradski (1845-1902). ...

References

Christensen, A.E. Ingstad, A.S. and Myhre, B. (1992) "Osebergdronningens Grav", Oslo


External links

  • The Oslo Viking Ship Museum
  • Gaia, the Gokstad Ship copy

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Gokstad Ship - Definition, explanation (315 words)
The Gokstad was a Viking ship found in a King's burial mound in 1880 in an excavation led by Nicolay Nicolyasen.
The ship was found at the Gokstad farm in Sandar, Sandefjord, Vestfold.
The Gokstad ship is the largest in the Viking ship Museum in Oslo, Norway.
Gokstad Ship (0 words)
The ship was built in the ninth century of oak.
A replica of the Gokstad ship was built at Christen Christensen’s Framnes Shipyard in Sandefjord as close to the original as possible.
The ship was 24 meters long, 5 meters wide, with a mast 15 meters high, and equipped with a 9 by 12.5 meter sail.
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