Researchers discover Viking cemetery in Norway

According to Atlas Report, a vast territory of a Viking cemetery was discovered by researchers in the Norwegian region of Vinjeøra. Contrary to much of the legends and stories of the Scandinavian tribes, the traces found by archaeological teams indicated that bodies of animals and citizens were buried, not simply sent in sea pires to the ocean, as seen in traditional narratives.

Located near a Viking farm, the site was found with a good number of buried boats, a common practice among local tribes to bury the bodies, using the vessels as a sort of coffin. "We have no evidence of Viking funeral pyres by the water. I honestly don't know where this conception came from, but it should be considered as a modern myth, " said Raymoud Sauvage of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. "The practice of ordinary funerals happens when people are buried in funeral mounds."

Aerial view of Viking-era mortuary house. (Source: Raymoud Sauvage / Press Release)

Among the hills, about 20 tombs were found, including one that deserves special attention. The place contained a "mortuary house" with a body. Researchers believe that by his unique and prominent method of allocating the deceased, the found was someone important in hierarchy or history, such as a war chief or householder. "Larger tombs were reserved for high status people, such as experienced chiefs and warriors, " Sauvage said, "and some of them may be important signs of manifestations of power."

"There is no written record of this area at this time, so archeology is the only thing we can use to help understand the history of the Viking age in this particular area." Concludes Sauvage, citing the importance of the expedition and the continuity of studies of the area, which can definitely bring more answers and understandings about the Scandinavian tribes.