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Mummified viking-era trees found in Norway

40 mummified Scotch pines, dating back to the early 1200s, have been found near a fjord in Norway.

The find astounded researchers, since most dead trees decay as they are eaten by tiny organisms, said research leader Terje Thun, a biologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.

“Here on the west coast of Norway, where it rains a lot and [is] always wet, it was a surprise that the wood was in such good condition,” Thun said.

With these uniquely preserved pines, he added, “you could touch the same tree that Viking [ancestors] have seen.”

3 thoughts on “Mummified viking-era trees found in Norway

  1. So, let me get this straight. About 40 trees show evidence that humans deliberately treated the trees with some substance (creosote? tar? varnish?) or using some procedure that preserved the cellular and structural integrity of the wood … and that the trees were not conceived as functioning for buildings or the like, but were mummified as whole trees for “tree-ish” function, possibly being conceived in religious terms–like Druids worshiping oaks? Is animism implied? Or what is meant by the term “mummified”?

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