Hjortspring boat


Hjortspring boat

The Hjortspring boat is a ship from the Scandinavian Pre-Roman Iron Age that was excavated in 1921–1922 in Hjortspring Mose at Als in Sønderjylland.

It was a 21 m long outer length, 13 m inside and 2 m wide clinker-build wooden boat with space for a crew of 22–23 men that propelled the boat with paddles. Built around 300-400 BC.

The boat is the oldest find of a wooden plank ship in Scandinavia and its closest parallels are the thousands of petroglyph images of Nordic Bronze Age ships.When found, it contained a great many weapons, such as 131 shields of the Celtic type, 33 beautifully crafted shieldbosses, 138 spearheads of iron, 10 iron swords, and the remains of a mailcoat. Thus, its sinking has been interpreted as a deliberate war sacrifice.

Source

*Nationalencyklopedin

External links

* [http://home6.inet.tele.dk/hjortspr/ The guild of the Hjortspring boat]
* [http://www.foteviken.se/sewnboat/hjortspring.html Foteviken's page on the Hjortspring boat]
* [http://cma.soton.ac.uk/HistShip/flrf139.htm A page with a bibliography on the boat]
* [http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prehistoric/reviews/04_08_crumlin.htm A review on a book about the boat]
* [http://www.natmus.dk/cons/x/ww/ww1.htm A page on the conservation of the boat]
* [http://axelnelson.com/skepp/prewiking.html A history of pre-Viking Age Scandinavian ships in Swedish]


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