During the past weekend we had the very great pleasure of meeting my long-time blog-friend Melanie--who I've known for 10 years--and her husband! She has been such a sister-friend to me for a long time, so this was BIG! We took the train to Oslo and met them for a day there in the big city on Saturday. And such FUN we had! We all have a good deal in common, and the talk, ideas, sharing and everything flowed so beautifully. And history being an area we all are interested in, a big highlight of our day in Oslo was a visit to The Viking Ship Museum/Museum of Cultural History. It is here that the excavated finds of three Viking ships are housed, clinker built longships --The Oseberg Ship, The Gokstad Ship, and the Tune Ship. The grandest ship being the Oseberg Ship.
These Viking ships were discovered in Viking grave mounds and excavated during the late 1800's-early 1900's. In the Oseberg Ship grave--dating from the 9th century--was found skeletons of two women, horses, an ox and dogs. The grave contained many opulent goods associated with burial rites--signifying social status, as well as needs for the afterlife. A large number of everyday items including wooden buckets, cooking cauldrons, wooden furniture, ornaments, and even wooden sleighs, were also found in the grave. Absolutely fascinating! We took LOTS of photos...and so here are a few to share. Even the building of the museum is exciting. To me, it was like a church, a cathedral...and even the interior has a special sacred quality. Built like a church to house cherished pieces of the past... I could have lived there!
Oh, I could write sooo much more about the time seeing the Viking ships! Do follow the links here, as the Viking history is incredible. And do join me here later in the week--for when we took Melanie and her husband on their extra day for another visit with the Vikings!