Viking boat burial discovery 'a first'
â€” BBC News
Â Â 19 October 2011Â
The UK mainland's first fully intact Viking boat burial site has been uncovered in the west Highlands, archaeologists have said.
Dr Oliver Harris from the University of Leicester says the burial artefacts belonged to a high-status individual
The Ardnamurchan Viking was found buried with an axe, a sword with a decorated hilt, a spear, a shield boss and a bronze ring pin.
Other finds in the 5m-long (16ft) grave in Ardnamurchan included a knife, what could be the tip of a bronze drinking horn, a whetstone from Norway, a ring pin from Ireland and Viking pottery.
The finds were made as part of the Ardnamurchan Transition Project (ATP) which has been examining social change in the area from the first farmers 6,000 years ago to the Highland Clearances of the 18th and 19th centuries.