Norway Couple Found Viking Grave Under Their House
On renovating their house, a Norway couple was astonished to find out they had been living above a Viking grave.
In late May, a couple near Bodø, to the north of Norway, started to renew their house. They started removing their flashboards to install insulation, they found out some rocks. The couple carried on digging deeper and deeper until they discovered something glittering in the light.
The site where the couple found out the Viking burial grave
When they first saw it, they assumed that that thing was a broken wheel of a toy car. But their house floor had been there since 1914, it must be something else. And the thing turned out to be the glass bead.
Some other things also appeared when they started their excavation. They found out an axehead and several iron objects. The couple quickly connected to the Nordland county authority which is responsible for cultural heritage. Then the authority sent some experts to their house immediately.
The Viking bead artifact
By Norwegian law, any cultural monuments that show traces of human activity prior to 1537 are automatically preserved.
The day after, after the experts had examined the site, they started a full excavation. Although this type of burial grave was not unusual in Norway, this has been the first time they found a grave under a house.
The archaeologists assumed that all of these dated back to the 9th century.