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Great viking ship discovery: Radar reveals mysterious ship grave

File photo of Men dressed as Vikings for a 40 meter long ship if it is burned on Calton Hill in Edinburgh, Dec. 29, 2004.
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Archaeologists in Norway have used ground-penetrating radar to find what looks like a viking ship buried in the ground.

Officials in Maps County, west of Oslo, announced the find on Monday. Maps County spokesman Terje Gansum said the ship burial, where a ship is used as a container for the dead man was found in the Borre burial mounds, considered to be one of Norway’s most important cultural heritage sites.

The radar images show a boat shape as well as the vague outline of a round opening, which may indicate a wooden pole is removed from the site.

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Gansum said Viking-era ships are always at least 15 meters (50 feet) long.

“We are now going to investigate the discovery with a number of non-invasive methods and repeat the use of georadar,” he explained, in a statement.

Archaeologists say that they have no immediate plans to unearth the ship.

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The longship is the latest in a series of fascinating discoveries from the Viking era, roughly 793-1066 A. D. Earlier this year, researchers reported that a Swedish grave containing the skeleton of a Viking warrior, long thought that the man was confirmed as a woman.

Last year, a Viking “Thor’s hammer” was discovered in Iceland and archaeologists in Østfold County in southeastern Norway, used ground-penetrating radar to reveal a viking ship.

Also in 2018, an 8-year-old girl discovered a 1,500-year-old sword in a Swedish lake and a treasure trove of silver treasure linked to the era of a famous Viking king, was discovered on an island in the Baltic Sea. Hundreds of 1000-year-old silver coins, rings, beads and bracelets were found on the German island of Rügen.

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In 2017, an incredibly well-preserved Viking sword was found by a reindeer hunter on a remote mountain in the South of Norway. In 2016, archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway, is the church, where the Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first portrayed as a saint.

Separately in 2016, a small Viking crucifix was found in Denmark.

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Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this article. Follow James Rogers on Twitter @jamesjrogers

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