Bored viking’s footprint found on ship floorboards

Published on May 24th, 2013 | by Admin

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The traced outline of a human foot has been found the floorboards of a Viking ship.

The Gokstad Ship was excavated in the late 1800s and is a permanent feature of the Viking Ship Museum at Bygdøy in Oslo.

For about a decade, from 890 to 900, the ship sailed on ocean voyages. The holes cut for oars along the upper hull are well worn, evidence that the ship had been used for more than just a funeral ceremony.

The ship’s deck was fitted with loose floorboards. These could be lifted up so that supplies and plundered treasure could be stored below deck. The outline of a foot covers two of these floorboards.

“My guess is that some time or another a person was bored and simply traced his foot with his knife. It’s a kind of an ‘I was here’ message,” says Aannestad.

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Story: Hanne Jakobsen, ScienceNordic | Photo: Hanne Jakobsen, ScienceNordic

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