May 27, 2011
Several times a month, I hear metal fans tell me they wish to have a viking funeral. I always get a good laugh at this as they generally have no clue what they are talking about……
The notion of burying or cremating Vikings on boats is absurd. Boats were far too valuable, especially the longboats. Ship captains would however have the luxury or being buried with their most valuable ship. Most likely if they had a small ceremonial Oseberg, this would have been used. There have been Oseberg ships unearthed that have had sacrificial women and livestock included in the burial that date from the 9th Century AD. There were also no signs of burnt timbers from the ships that the archaeologists unearthed.
Read the full article and see video (1:13)) at The Gauntlet
Thanks to People’s Memorial (FCA affiliate, Seattle WA) for altering us to this article.