Sweden burial ships. Two burial ships have been discovered in Uppsala, Sweden, in what archaeologists have called a “sensational” discovery.
The two burial ships were discovered by the presbytery of Gamla Uppsala north of Stockholm, Sweden during excavations last fall, and archaeologists investigated the discovery in June of this year.
In Sweden, a dozen shipyards of this type have already been discovered. “This is a unique search. The last burial ships were examined 50 years ago,” said Anton Seiler, an archaeologist working for Sweden’s historic museums.
Burial ships were normal-sized boats in which high-ranking socialites were sometimes buried, often accompanied by gifts and other items. One of the two newly discovered burial ships in Sweden was intact, with the remains of a man, a horse and a dog.
Archaeologists have also found items including a sword, a spear, a shield and an ornate comb. This type of burial ships generally dates back to the Vendel period (around 550-800 AD) or the Viking Age (800-1050 AD), when it was more common to cremate the dead.