The likely foundation for the altar where St. Olaf s coffin was placed in 1031 NIKU .Archaeologists in Trondheim, Norway have unearthed the church where Viking King Olaf Haraldsson was first enshrined as a saint.Experts working for the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research NIKU uncovered the stone foundations of a wooden stave church where Haraldsson was likely enshrined after he was declared a saint in the 11th century.This is a unique site in Norwegian history in terms of religion, culture and politics, said excavation director Anna Petersén, in a press release.TINY VIKING CRUCIFIX COULD REWRITE HISTORYHaraldsson died fighting rival nobles in the Battle of Stiklestad in 1030 and his body was buried in Trondheim, or Nidaros as it was then known.
Archaeologists may have uncovered a Viking boat grave beneath the market square in the Norwegian city of Trondheim.Experts from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) uncovered the remains of the boat last week.While no wood remained intact, poorly-preserved nails indicated that a boat had been buried there, according to NIKU archaeologist Ian Reed, in a statement.The boat, which was oriented roughly north-south, was more than 13 feet long.Two long bones, also oriented north-south, were found in the boat.The bones will now undergo DNA analysis to confirm if they are human.
Six-sided dice date back nearly 5,000 years to ancient Persia, so finding 600-year-old dice in Norway isn’t anything special.But this recently discovered dice—with its conspicuously absent one-side and two-side—is unique, pointing to some Medieval-era shenanigans.This cheater’s dice was discovered at a dig in Bergen, Norway by archaeologists from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU).The researchers are currently excavating the remains of a wooden street from the medieval Vågsbunnen district, which dates back to the 15th century.It’s very likely that games—particularly those involving gambling—were played there.Archaeologists in Bergen have found over 30 dice that date back to the Middle Ages.
Cheating is as old as time itself, if the discovery of a mysterious 600-year-old dodgy dice is anything to go by.The highly unusual wooden dice was found during excavations in the Norwegian city of Bergen.Featuring “two fives” and “two fours,” archaeologists believe that the dice was used to cheat in games.Experts from the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research (NIKU) discovered the dice close to a wooden street that dates back to the 1400s in Vågsbunnen, a medieval district of Bergen.Per Christian Underhaug, project manager for the excavations in Bergen, says that, while the dice may have been lost by a medieval gambler, it is also possible that someone wanted to get rid of it.In a blog post, archaeologist Ingrid Rekkavik explained that medieval authorities in Bergen attempted to clamp down on gambling.
One warrior was also buried with a decapitated eagle-owl.