Perfectly preserved 12th-century 'Viking-style' ship discovered in a German port

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A 12th century viking-style ship dating back to 1188 has been lifted from ten feet under water at a German port where it was found.

Pieces of timber from the 80 x 13 foot (25 x 4 metre) vessel were pulled up after being found just ten feet (three metres) under water.

Nordic - Research - Team - Ship - Scanner

A Nordic research team lifted the ship out and, using a 3D scanner, was able to work out that it was constructed using axes and adzes, a type of cutting tool.

The ancient ship dates back to 1188 and, thanks to the seawater and harbour silt, the ship's timbers have been perfectly preserved, experts say.

Archaeologists - Stavanger - Maritime - Museum - Vessel

Archaeologists from Stavanger Maritime Museum say that the vessel is of Viking descent and was likely to have carried cargo like timber, stones and beer, according to a Fox report.

Experts used 3D scanner technology to reveal that the open-decked ship was constructed using axes and adzes alone.

Analysis - Ship - Timbers - Hunks - Wood

Analysis of the ship's timbers revealed that the hunks of wood were originally from Western Sweden.

Maritime Archaeologist Dr. Jens Auer, who led the project, described the ship as a descendant of Viking vessels and said 'It was a heavy, load-bearing cargo ship.'

Ship - Nordic - Design - 'great - Care

The ship, of Nordic design, was built with 'great care and durability', according to researchers.

It had overlapping pine planks, clinker-style, with 'beautiful curved construction' and was made during a relatively peaceful period of...
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