Viking Stone Ships

by MSO

Some say that these stone ships might symbolise ships that sail their occupants to the land of the dead.

These ancient burial grounds were often marked with stones placed firmly into the ground in the shape of a boat. This stone formation, called a stone ship, are primarily found in Denmark and Sweden. Inside the stone ship there may be small stones or they could be cobbled. Buried beneath the surface would be the Vikings laid to rest, typically about six or seven, as well as their belongings.

These stone ships were made with granite slabs as a result of the ice age.

Some notable Viking burial site includes the Jelling Stone Ship in Denmark, which measures 354 meters long, making it the longest stone ship in the world. Another is the Gettlinge gravfält in Sweden, it it was said to be used for 2000 years.

Read more:

http://www.family-ancestry.co.uk/history/vikings/burial_sites/

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/media/89270/The-Viking-burial-ground-at-Lindholm-Hoje-near-Alborg-Den

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