(ORDO NEWS) — A group of archaeologists from the University of Oslo have discovered a Viking-era tomb containing the remains of a shield and various grave goods.
In a residential area north of Oslo’s city centre, where the Holmenbecken brook originally flowed, workers discovered the burial while preparing to build a residential building on the site. Then scientists arrived on the scene.
Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a richly decorated Viking tomb, as well as ancient objects – a bell, a sickle, two knives, a Celtic brooch, horse equipment and others.
“This type of orb brooch began to appear around 850 AD and became common after the 10th century AD. Probably, the burial was made in the same era.
This type of cape brooch was commonly worn by men, and its finding, combined with the discovery of the umbon the metal inlay at the center of the shield shows that the deceased was a male,” the scientists said.
The finds are now in the conservation laboratory. Scientists are waiting to get more information about them.
The team did not find the remains of unburned bones, so it will not be possible to extract DNA from the grave.
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