Talk:Ship burial

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Original contribution by "P.Å.". (This is collective authorship, so you can't relaly sign it...) -- Sam

Viking Funerals NOT merged with Ship Burial.[edit]

A viking funeral can also have the "man of honor" burned in a funeral pyre much like what a car looks like when it is engulfed in flames. It is not always done at sea.

Can you provide a source for that? I'm against merging if this is true, but I've never heard that before. Happinessiseasy 16:11, 13 April 2007 (UTC)

Do not merge it. There are several graves from Birka that are chamber-graves which has not even been put aflame. And also, there are gravefields where the boats and the dead have not been immolated at all before the burial. It is also VERY important to not that the greatest majority of viking age burials did NOT take place at sea - even if the dead, granted, were lain in a boat and immolated, it was on dry land, not at sea. It should be verrrry easy to find information about this. There are literally thousands of gravefields from the viking age spread all over southern and central Sweden (and Norway and Denmark). If all funerals during the viking age would take place at sea, there would be no gravefields.
/Andreas, archaeologist from Sweden. 14 april 2007. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 00:25, 14 April 2007 (UTC).

Don't merge. Instead the article needs to be completely revised if it is to reflect actual facts and not just popular prejudice about Viking burials. Helpful could be a Swedish site I found on Viking burial customs [1], but there surely must be a lot more extensive information available than that. Relatively few Viking burials were ship burials. Most Vikings were not buried in ships but in an astounding variety of burial places. Many were buried in barrows (as in in Cumwhitton, Cumbria) or in wooden chambers; others in oval, rectangular, or circular pits; in Denmark, rich women are often buried in wagons. Many Vikings were also cremated and their ashes buried in pots covered by little mounds, as in Ingleby, Derbyshire.