Student discovers Northern Norway’s first Viking trading place

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According to the University of Tromsø (UiT), an UiT student has found the first known trading place from the ninth century that we know of in Northern Norway.

Through the work on his master’s thesis, student Tor-Erik Krokmyrdal has, with the help of a metal detector, found objects that can be dated back to the Viking Age.

The find was made on Sandtorg in Tjeldsund, which is located in Harstad municipality.

In July, Krokmyrdal told the university’s website that his curiosity was aroused by the name of the place – Sandtorg.


In a book where Norwegian farm names are interpreted, it is stated that the place name means “square or trading place.” 

Despite the lack of archaeological evidence that trade took place there, it made Krokmyrdal curious.

Krokmyrdal’s findings indicate that the exchange of goods on Sandtorg may have included the repair or construction of ships. 

He also found jewelry, weights, silver, payment silver, and large amounts of iron at the site.

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