I had the pleasure to inform that in October I was awarded the PhD scholarship at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. During three following years, I will conduct my project entitled “On Wings to the Otherworld: Bird Remains in Viking Age Graves from Scandinavia and the British Isles”. Its aim is to analyse bird bones which were discovered in various Viking Age cremation and inhumation graves.
In the background, it is a renowned and majestic ship which was discovered under the mound in Gokstad. In this fascinating and very complex grave of a man were not only documented numerous wooden objects (e.g. small boats, wooden axe, shields), richly decorated mounts (parts of a bridle or harness) but also remains of various species of animals. Near ship were found skeletons of eight dogs (six dogs were long-legged and two were small) and twelve horses (they were the size of Fjord horse). What is interesting, under the deck of the ship, between second and third frame from the stern, were found bones of probably two peacocks. During the reanalyses of osteological material were discovered also bones of the two hawks, which were probably buried with peacocks.
Grave from Gokstad is one of the most important graves which I will analyse during my PhD project.
Currently, this majestic ship is preparing for 3D scanning. This documentation is conducted by Bjarte Aarseth (in the background in the first photo).
I would like to thank Professor Jan Bill for special photo permission.