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He was going swimming – an ancient cultural monument was found

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It all started as a normal day trip in August of this year. Eric Briskerud, 10, and Abe Matisse Briskerud were out for a swim in Gloma, near Arnenberg.

Moored on a sandbank in the middle of the river, Eric discovered something that looked like a rootstock.

Since the body is covered with sand, and neither the father nor the son understood what Eric found, they decided to drown him in water.

When we swept the sand from the river, we saw that it was a bowl, says the observant ten-year-old.

she was NRK Inlandet Whoever mentioned it first.

find rare

After the two handed the thing over to the Inland County Council, a small piece was cut from the bowl for dating analysis.

The sample was sent to Florida, USA to calculate the age of the wooden bowl.

A few days later came the result: the bowl was dated to the Viking Age, between 894 – 1030 AD.

VIKINGBOLLE: Eric and his father, Matisse, are often out for a walk, but they thought it was very special to find the old wooden bowl near where they lived. Photo: private
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– I didn’t think he was over 200 years old. It was very interesting to find such an old thing, Eric says.

Inlandit County Municipal archaeologist Mildry Ayn Eddy can tell Dagbladet that the bowl the ten-year-old found is the only Viking-era wooden bowl they know of in the county.

Since a few complete wooden vessels were found during archaeological excavations in Norway, she considers the find particularly special.

Many of these wooden bowls are either deformed or much smaller than the ones Eric found. Typically you’ll find only small pieces or shards of these Viking-era vessels, says Ayn Eddy.

– No decorative element

The archaeologist says that because the bowl is roughly designed, and you can notice cut marks inside, there is reason to believe it was an everyday object used by ordinary people in the late Viking era.

– As a rule, you find traces of high-ranking social classes from this period. This, however, is not a decorative piece. Thus, such finds are less common, which is what makes this wooden bowl particularly exciting, she said.

INCREDIBLE RESULTS: Mildri Een Eide points out that archaeologists can never be absolutely sure what the finds were used for or who owned them.  Photo: private

INCREDIBLE RESULTS: Mildri Een Eide points out that archaeologists can never be absolutely sure what the finds were used for or who owned them. Photo: private
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Eric Dagbladet’s father could tell that the two had been fond of the topic of history before, and that it was interesting to find something so many people were able to tell them.

We learned a lot just because we were curious, says Mattis.

Very excited

According to Een Eide, the bowl is a pine cone.

– Species of pine trees can sometimes give an incorrect date because the trees may be very old, but because the dating sample is from one of the outer annual rings, this has nothing to do with the accuracy of the dating, she said.

Randy Languigleten, head of culture for the Inlandit County municipality, is so excited about this remarkable discovery, he thinks it’s especially funny that Eric found the wooden bowl.

We want children and young people to gain interest and knowledge of our wonderful cultural heritage. She says Eric may have contributed to this.

New discovery: A new Viking ship has been found in Vestfold. The discovery was presented at a press conference at the Midgard Viking Center on Monday morning. The ship’s tomb was found at Borreparken in Horten, probably from the Viking age. Video: NRK
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When the positive ten-year-old was asked how he found ancient objects, he said it was important to use observational skills.

If you’re out for a walk and see something you don’t feel belong, take a closer look, says Eric.

Archaeologist Ein Eddy can confirm to Dagbladet that the wooden bowl was handed over to the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo for safekeeping.

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