'Warrior of high status' was buried at Scottish Viking boat burial site
The excavation of a rare, intact Viking boat burial in western Scotland has been set out in detail for the first time.
|The boat burial is the first found intact on the UK mainland [Credit: Ardnamurchan Transitions Project]|
|The excavated boat burial site at Swordle Bay in the west Highlands [Credit: Dr Oliver Harris]|
In a report published by Antiquity, archaeologists describe the finds including a sword, spearhead and 213 of the boat's rivets.
The weapons indicate the burial of "a warrior of high status".
|A sword, top, and mineralised textile remains were found at the burial site [Credit: Pieta Greaves/AOC Archaeology]|
|Many grave goods were buried with the deceased, suggesting a high-status [Credit: Pieta Greaves/AOC Archaeology]|
Since then experts have been studying the burial site and its "rich assemblage of grave goods".
Among them were a single copper alloy ringed pin, thought to have been used to fasten a burial cloak or shroud, a broad bladed axe, a shield boss and whetstone made from rock found in Norway. Also found were mineralised remains of textiles and wood.
|Only two teeth were recovered from the body [Credit: Pieta Greaves/AOC Archaeology]|
In the report, the archaeologists said: "The Ardnamurchan boat burial represents the first excavation of an intact Viking boat burial by archaeologists on the UK mainland, and it makes a significant addition to our knowledge of burial practices from this period."
Author: Steven McKenzie | Source: BBC News Website [January 25, 2017]