PHOTO: The keel of the Gjellestad Viking ship will be lifted from the ground on Tuesday

Gjellestad Viking shipPhoto: Kulturhistorisk museum / NTB
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The first parts of the keel of the Viking ship at Gjellestad in Halden will be lifted from the ground on Tuesday after a year of excavations.

The keel is the best-preserved part of the ship and has the prerequisites to become an important museum object, the Cultural History Museum wrote in a press release.

The keel is important for dating the ship and understanding the ship’s characteristics as a vessel. The ship will be able to provide a lot of new knowledge about the Viking Age in Norway.

“Every single layer in the grave has been examined and documented with modern methods. We have got a good picture of how the ship and the deceased were buried and what the landscape around the ship grave looked like in its time,” excavation leader Christian Løchsen Rødsrud at the Cultural History Museum noted.

The process of lifting the keel of the Viking ship from the ground is considered a historic event. Photo: Kulturhistorisk museum / NTB

The excavation, which is the first of a Viking ship in Norway in over 100 years, started on June 26 last year. The ship was discovered in 2018.

“The Gjellestad ship is a discovery of unique national and international significance. I am impressed with the work that archaeologists have done to document the find. This will contribute to new and exciting research for a long time to come,” Minister of Climate and Environment Sveinung Rotevatn (V), who will be watching the process on Tuesday, noted in a press release.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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