Oseberg Burial

Oseberg Burial

 

a Viking burial mound in southern Norway, at the village of Oseberg, near the city of T0nsberg. Dating from the mid-ninth century, it was excavated in 1904. The principal find was a 21.5-m-long ship with a mast and 15 pairs of oars; a burial chamber was located in the ship’s stern. Besides various types of ordinary ship artifacts, archaeologists found a wooden cart, three wooden sledges, three wooden beds, and other objects, all richly decorated with carvings. Other finds included various household items, clothing, and footwear. Also discovered were the skeletons of two women, four dogs, and 10–15 horses. Presumably, the Oseberg burial, like the mound with a ship that was excavated nearby in Gokstad, was a family graveyard of the Norwegian konungr of what is now Vestfold County.

REFERENCES

Osebergfundet: Utgit av den Norske stat, vols. 1–3 and 5. Kristiania (Oslo), 1917–28.
Brøgger, A. W., and H. Shetelig. The Viking Ships. Oslo, 1953.
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The Oseberg burial was excavated in 1903-1904, and already at the beginning of the excavation it was clear that it had been broken into (Brogger 1917a: 3; Figure 1).
Since the Oseberg burial chamber was erected in AD 834 (Bonde & Christensen 1993), the stretcher can with certainty be associated with the break-in.
weapons in the Gokstad or dress ornaments in the Oseberg burial, as well as the broken-up chests in Oseberg demonstrates that some categories of objects were removed at the break-in (Brogger 1917a: 34-46).