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The Oseberg Wagon
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The skeletal remains of two females were found in the Oseberg Ship – one was 50 – 60 years old, the other previously thought to be much younger, has now been re-assed as being c. 50 years old (Næss, E.M., “Viking’s Afterlife Voyage”, Current World Archaeology, issue 45, February/March 2011, p 51)

Both women had been placed in beds within a wooden burial chamber hung with woollen tapestries and fine Byzantine silks. The burial chamber has been dendrochronologically dated to 834 (see graph).

The grave-goods accompanying the burial included a wagon, sledges, items of furniture, buckets, storage chests, kitchenware and a full range of farm hand tools, together with the equipment necessary for producing woollen textiles. The richness of the grave-goods suggests that the deceased was a member of the Vestfold royal family.

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