A Complete Viking Boat Burial Discovered!
The completely intact boat burial of a high-status Viking has been found in Scotland. It’s exciting because not only is the site undisturbed by looting or the elements, but the site is the first undisturbed Viking boat burial to be found in mainland Britain! Besides with his longboat, the deceased was buried with an axe, spear, and sword. But the burial was not all about fighting. They were discovered with a whetstone from Norway, a ring pin from Ireland and pottery from the Hebrides – suggesting a widely-traveled Viking. Sadly little human remains remained, just a few fragments of bone and two teeth.
So far we know very little. The burial appears to date to the late 800s or early 900s CE. The person was high-status. Beyond that, we will have to wait for scientific testing to fill in the story, such as their gender, where they grew up, and what they ate.