For hundreds of years, the lives of Viking warriors have confused experts and hobbyists alike. While we have been able to learn more and more about these ancient people as the years have gone by, it seems as though we are in a constant state of learning. There are questions still to be answered, and there are things that we will probably never understand. However, with a little help from technology, we seem to be making waves — just as our ancestors did on this famous Viking ship.
Discovering the Ships
Over the years, archaeologists have been able to uncover numerous Viking ship burial sites across Norway, and this has allowed us to learn more about three specific ships. They are the Gokstad, Oseberg, and the Tune. Because the Gokstad and Oseberg are better preserved than the Tune, experts have been able to learn a huge amount of information about them both. Until now, though, much of the Tune has been a mystery.
The Tune was first discovered back in 1867, and while it was easy to come to the conclusion that the ship was clinker-built, the lack of remains made it almost impossible to learn anything else. Yet, with technology advancing every single year, experts at the Norweigan Institute for Cultural Heritage Research have been able to use laser scanning techniques to piece the ship back together. Through this, they have learned that the Tune not only had the capabilities of being an oared vessel, but it also featured a huge sail that allowed it to glide through the water like a sailboat. It’s been noted that the sail on this boat may have been around 1,000-square-feet, which, when used alongside the oars, would have made it one of the fastest Viking ships ever built.
The Vikings showcased numerous feats of engineering, but this new information is certainly one that showcases their former talents even more.