One of the skeletons found in the Sandvika sitting graves, Central Norway (Photo: NTNU Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, 1965-66)
Accidentally, in 1963 a burial ground with 24 graves deep inside the bay of Sandvika on the eastern side of the island of Jøa in Central Norway were discovered. The bodies buried in a sitting position is dating back to the years 650 to 1000 AD, and analyzes show that these Vikings have belonged to a very special group of people.
Unlike other Viking Age graves, the graveyard was unknown because the bodies were not placed inside a burial mound that is clearly visible in the terrain, or marked in any other way. These dead Vikings were lowered into the cylinder- and funnel-shaped shell sand holes from flat ground.
The question is why.
The Sandvika burial ground is unique in Scandinavia, and these people are the only ones found…
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