The excavation showing the burial chamber
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The Gokstad Ship was excavated in 1880. The excavations revealed a male human skeleton lying on a bed inside a timber-built burial chamber. The skeleton was aged between 40 and 50 years old, and had been a powerfully built man, between 181 and 183 cm tall.
He had been buried with twelve horses, six dogs, and one peacock which were laid out around his body. Other grave-goods included three small boats, a tent, a sledge, and riding equipment. No weapons or precious metals were found, and it is likely that the burial mound had been looted at some time.