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Encyclopedia > Oseberg
The Oseberg longship (Viking Ship Museum, Norway)
The Oseberg longship (Viking Ship Museum, Norway)
vantage exactly from the front - one of the most stunning expressions of Norse art and craftsmenship
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 ship was built some time around 815820 AD, and had been in use for several years before it was used as a burial ship for a woman of high rank — possibly a queen — who died in the autumn of 834 AD. Although the woman's identity is unknown, it is believed that she may have been Queen Åsa of the Ynglinge clan, grandmother of Harald Fairhair. She was buried in the ship together with another woman, who might have been a slave (see human sacrifice). The Oseberg longship (From the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway) File links The following pages link to this file: Longship Oseberg ... The Oseberg longship (From the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo, Norway) File links The following pages link to this file: Longship Oseberg ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (837x1303, 133 KB)viking longship photo by uwe kils gfdl self from Oslo Viking Ship Museum This is not only one of the most beautiful structures created by humans, a most stunning expressions of Norse art and craftsmanship, but these structures... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (837x1303, 133 KB)viking longship photo by uwe kils gfdl self from Oslo Viking Ship Museum This is not only one of the most beautiful structures created by humans, a most stunning expressions of Norse art and craftsmanship, but these structures... The Nordic countries (Greenland not shown) The Nordic countries, also referred to as Norden (The North), and as Scandinavia, is a term used collectively for five countries in Northern Europe. ... County Vestfold Landscape Viken Municipality NO-0704 Administrative centre Tønsberg Mayor (2004) Per Arne Olsen (FrP) Official language form BokmÃ¥l Area  - Total  - Land  - Percentage Ranked 381 107 km² 106 km² 0. ... Vestfold is a county in Norway, bordering Buskerud and Telemark. ... 1904 (MCMIV) is a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Events An iconoclastic synod is held. ... Events Michael II succeeds Leo V as Byzantine Emperor The Historia Brittonum is written (approximate date) Births Rhodri Mawr (the Great), ruler of Gwynedd (Wales) (approximate date) Photius I, patriarch of Constantinople (approximate date) Deaths December 24: Leo V, Byzantine Emperor (assassinated) Shankara, Hinduist teacher Tang Xian Zong, emperor of... Events First Viking raid of Dorestad. ... For other uses, see Yngling (disambiguation). ... Harald I (b. ... Human sacrifice was practiced in many ancient cultures. ...


The grave goods in the Oseberg grave included four sleighs, a four-wheel richly carved wooden cart, tapestries, beds, chests, and agricultural and household tools, such as an iron cooking cauldron.


The Oseberg burial is one of the few sources of Viking age textiles, and the wooden cart is the only complete Viking age cart found so far. The Viking Age is the name of the period between 793 and 1066 AD in Scandinavia and Britain, following the Germanic Iron Age (and the Vendel Age in Sweden). ...


The Oseberg ship, a 'karv' type longship made of riveted planks of oak. It is 22 meters long and 5 meters wide, with a mast of approximately 9–10 meters. With a sail of c. 90 square meters, the ship could achieve a speed up to 10 knots. The ship has 15 pairs of oar holes, which means that 30 people could row the ship. The Oseberg longship (Viking Ship Museum, Norway) Oseberg longship from the front - one of the most stunning expressions of Norse art and craftsmanship A longship tacking in the wind Longships, langskip or drakkar were boats used by the Vikings and Saxons for their raids on coastal and inland settlements. ...


The ship is beautifully decorated with elaborate and complex woodcarvings in the characteristic "gripping beast" style, also known as the Oseberg style.


See also

A ship burial or boat grave is a burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead and for grave goods, or as part of the actual grave goods. ...

External links

  • the Oseberg cart by HL Alfric Rolfson
  • the textiles in the Oseberg ship by Anne Stine Ingstad
  • Index of norwegian Viking ships

 
 

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