Ship burial

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Not to be confused with Burial at sea.
Model of the Sutton Hoo ship's structure as it might have appeared, with chamber area outlined

A ship burial or boat grave is a burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead and the grave goods, or as a part of the grave goods itself. If the ship is very small, it is called a boat grave. This style of burial was used among the Germanic peoples, particularly by Viking Age Norsemen.

A unique eye-witness account of a 10th-century ship burial among the Volga Vikings is given by Arab traveller Ibn Fadlan.[1]

Viking Age ship burials[edit]


British Isles[edit]

Viking/Norse burial[edit]


Northern Europe[edit]

Eastern Europe[edit]

See also[edit]

Media related to Ship burials at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ Ibn Fadlan and the Land of Darkness: Arab Travellers in the Far North (Penguin Classics 2012, ISBN 9780140455076), Introduction by Paul Lunde and Caroline Stone, pp. xxiii-xxiv.
  2. ^ The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde
  3. ^ Gokstadhaugen - Artificial Mound in Norway
  4. ^ Osebergskipet - The Oseberg Ship, Norway
  5. ^ Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy
  6. ^ Anundshög, Stoneship
  7. ^ Larsson, Gunilla (2007). Ship and society: maritime ideology in Late Iron Age Sweden. Uppsala Universitet, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. p. 415. ISBN 9789150619157. 
  8. ^ Incorporated, Walter De Gruyter (2002). Naualia - Ãstfold. Walter de Gruyter. p. 595. ISBN 9783110903515. 
  9. ^ Strömberg, Märta (1961). Untersuchungen zur jüngeren Eisenzeit in Schonen: Textband. Mit einem Beitrag von J. Lepiksaar. R. Habelt. 
  10. ^ Mikroficheupplaga av Tillväxten. Kungl. Vitterhets, historie och antikvitets akademien. 1946. p. xcix. 
  11. ^ Vikings on Mann
  12. ^ "Viking boat burial site discovered in Scottish Highlands". Channel 4 News. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  13. ^ The Scar Viking Boat Burial