Wreckage of mysterious medieval ship found in Norway

(ORDO NEWS) — One of the oldest shipwrecks in Norway, was found at the bottom of a lake near Oslo while searching for munitions dumped there during World War II.

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a mysterious ship.

The sonar shows the hull of a 10-meter-long wooden ship lying at a depth of about 410 meters below the surface of Lake Mjøsa, about 100 kilometers north of the Norwegian capital.

What is known about the ship’s design suggests that it was built around 700 years ago, shortly after the transition from Viking ships that were almost the same on both sides to medieval designs with distinctive bow and stern.

The ship was supposed to have a single mast with a square sail – much like a Viking ship – but it appears to have had a central rudder rather than the traditional Viking rudder on the starboard side of the hull.

“If we are lucky, there may be some cargo on board,” the scientists say.

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