The archaeological excavation of the Viking ship in Norway is over for this season, and the archaeologists are thrilled. The find looks as promising as they hoped for. The keel is well preserved, and it seems like this is an unknown type of ship, maybe older than the Oseberg, Gokstad and the Tune ship, which are displayed at the Viking ship museum in Oslo.
They have taken a wood sample from the keel that will be studied further, and they will consider what to do next if there will be conducted a full-scale excavation of the whole ship later. In the meanwhile, they will fill the narrow excavation trench with preserving clay.