1,100-year-old human footprints discovered on a Viking ship

1,100-year-old human footprints discovered on a Viking ship

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The Viking ship Gokstad, unearthed in 1880 and kept in the Bygdøy Viking Ship Museum in Oslo since 1932, it has been studied again for restoration and for other signs of life at that time.

To the rebuild the planks that formed the roof, which were in poor condition and all in disarray, have discovered that by joining two of them they could form the silhouette of a foot that had been carved into the surface of the wood approximately 1,100 years ago. Apparently a young Viking, bored on one of his endless voyages across the high seas, decided to kill time by etching the carving of his right foot on the deck planks.

Homework must have taken a while, since the knife drawing is quite well outlined. On the other hand, another silhouette of a foot has been discovered, in this case the left, carved a little softer than the first. What is not known for sure is whether the artist was the same in both cases, and his two feet have been forever reflected in Viking history.

The Gokstad It was discovered by a young couple who wanted to investigate a hill where they lived, since its name, Kongshaugen, meant King's Mound, and under it a legend weighed: that a very important king was buried there a long time ago next to huge riches. They started digging, and finally they found what they were looking for, and much more. It turned out that the burial chamber that kept that important personage was a Viking ship.

There was no trace of hidden treasures jewelry, gold or silver, but what this pair of boys unearthed was an incalculable archaeological treasure: numerous wooden furniture, fish hooks, a kitchen equipment, several beds, a game with a board and pieces made from animal horns and 64 shields (which can give an idea of ​​the number of crew that traveled on the ship). In addition, remains of various animals such as dogs and horses were analyzed.

It is estimated that the ship traveled for at least ten years, because of the wear of the holes in the boat's oars. Later, it served as a burial ground for its boss on dry land.

One of the investigators of the Gokstad remains, who has thoroughly studied the footprints discovered, has compared his own footprint with the one drawn on the wood, noting that the latter is smaller.

For archaeologists and scholars specialized in this stage of our past finding these footprints is very interesting, since it contributes human data to the matter and transports us a little to that time. With little details like this we can gradually discover what life was like for those people who spent all day at sea.

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