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A 16th-Century Ship-Find from Amager Beach Park, Denmark: description and preliminary interpretation


  • Morten Ravn

    1. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Vindeboder 12, 4000 Roskilde, Denmark
    2. (translated by Athena Trakadas, The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde)
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When establishing the new Amager Beach Park near Copenhagen, Denmark, a small clinker-built ship dating to the 16th century (dendro-dated to 1560–70) was discovered. The Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde excavated the wreck in 2004, and parts of the ship were later taken to the museum and recorded in 3D. This article describes the excavation and the documentation, and presents the preliminary interpretation of the ship-find. The ship is interpreted as a small cargo vessel, probably carrying two masts. Its hull-form indicates that the vessel was specially designed for navigating the waters of the Sound between Denmark and Sweden.

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