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This peaceful view, actually, is the most important viking burial site in Denmark. The mound you see hides a viking ship of more than 1000 years old and the final resting place of an important viking chieftain.

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The Ladbyskibet viking chieftain burial site is located in Ladby, near the Kerteminde fjord on the island of Funen. It is the only viking burial site in Denmark, and has helped give a more exact picture of what life - and death - was like around 950 AD, in the middle of the viking age.

Viking chieftains were given a very elaborate send-off to the next life and were buried together with their ship. The ship itself has signs of repairs made to it, so it had been in use before it became the grave of the viking chieftain.

This particular ship was 21.5 meters long and 3 meters wide, which was quite a sizeable ship for its time. A wooden hut or cabin had been built where the mast used to be, and the chieftain was put in it, along with the weapons, food, drink and valuables he would need. Then the ship was burned and when the fire had died out earth was put on top of it, creating the mound you see in this picture.

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My next post will take inside the mound.

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