Boat-Shaped Viking Structure Found in Icelandic Cave

Published Apr 27 2021 at 8:00 AM GMT
  • PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND—Live Science reports that a team of researchers led by Kevin Smith of Brown University has investigated a stone structure in Surtshellir Cave, which is located near a volcano in Iceland.
  • The volcano is known to have erupted about 1,100 years ago, shortly after the island was colonized by Vikings.
  • Smith said that after the lava from the eruption cooled, the Vikings built the boat-shaped structure with rocks.
  • Within the boat’s outline, the researchers unearthed the bones of sheep, goat, cattle, horses, and pigs that had been burned at high temperatures.
  • They also found orpiment, a mineral from eastern Turkey, and 63 beads, three of which came from Iraq.



  • Published Apr 27, 2021 8:00 AM GMT