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Viking-Era toy boat found in Norway

A wooden toy boat dating back 1,000 years has been found at a farming site in Norway.

Found buried in a dry well at a small farm in the town of Ørland on the coastal tundra, the boat is whittled in a style resembling Viking vessels, with an uplifted prow and a hole in the center that likely held a mast for a sail.

The Viking Age, dating from around A.D. 800 to 1066, marked a time when Scandinavian sailors and explorers voyaged to Europe’s coastal regions and as far as Bahdad, and their distinctive sailing vessels were well-known — apparently, even by inland farmers, who carved replicas of their boats for children.

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Story: Mindy Weisberger, Live Science | Photo: Åge Hojem/NTNU University Museum

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