National Geographic : 1930 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE WHEN IT CAME TO SHIPS, THE VIKINGS WERE AHEAD OF THE CHRISTIAN NATIONS The IIoo-year-old Oseberg ship, found in 1903 and preserved in the Open-Air Museum at Bygdo, near Oslo, is of oak, and the timbers kept so well that they could be steamed and bent back to their original shape. Its general structure indicates its use as a pleasure boat in quiet waters. Photographs by Lillian M. Svenson TRANSPORTATION TO THE LAND OF THE SHADES When a well-to-do Viking died he was usually buried in a ship and provided with all neces saries for the journey to the spirit land. In the Oseberg ship, the burial place of a woman, was found this beautifully carved wooden wagon, now preserved in the University's Historical Museum at Oslo.