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Norwegian archaeologists discover late Iron Age longhouses

Norwegian archaeologists stated Monday they’ve discovered a cluster of longhouses, together with one of many largest in Scandinavia, utilizing ground-penetrating radar within the southeastern a part of the nation — in an space that researchers imagine was a central place within the late Nordic Iron Age.
The longhouses — lengthy and slender, single-room buildings — had been present in Gjellestad, 86 kilometers (53 miles) southeast of Oslo close to the place a Viking-era ship was present in 2018 near the Swedish border.

“We have now discovered a number of buildings, all typical Iron Age longhouses, north of the Gjellestad ship. Probably the most hanging discovery is a 60-meter (197-foot) lengthy and 15-meter (49-foot) vast longhouse, a dimension that makes it one of many largest we all know of in Scandinavia,” archaeologist Lars Gustavsen at Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Analysis stated in a press release.
The significance of Gjellestad throughout that point interval wasn’t instantly recognized. However the physique, recognized by its Norwegian acronym NIKU, stated it was engaged on discovering that out.
This autumn, archaeologists lined 40 hectares (about 100 acres) south, east and north of the place the Gjellestad ship was discovered with the radar system, and one of many subsequent steps are archaeological excavations, NIKU stated.

The surveys are the primary a part of a analysis mission known as “Viking Nativity: Gjellestad Throughout Borders” the place archaeologists, historians and Viking age specialists have examined the event of the world in the course of the Nordic Iron Age that started at round 500 B.C. and lasted till roughly A.D. 800 and the start of the Viking Age.
“We have no idea how outdated the homes are or what perform that they had. Archaeological excavations and relationship will assist us get a solution to this,” stated Sigrid Mannsaaker Gundersen, one other archaeologist.
They’ve additionally discovered a number of ploughed-out burial mounds in close by fields.
“We’re not shocked to have discovered these burial mounds, as we already know there are a number of others within the surrounding space,” Gustavsen stated. “ Nonetheless, these are vital to find out about to get a extra full image of Gjellestad and its environment.”

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