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Keywords:

  • boat-grave;
  • Scandinavia;
  • Viking Age;
  • Late Iron Age;
  • Amager;
  • Copenhagen

In 1921 a secondary grave was excavated in a Bronze Age burial-mound on the island of Amager in the strait of Øresund between Denmark and Sweden. Recently the material was examined in detail and the result is presented here. This grave proved to be one of the few Late Iron Age boat-graves in South Scandinavia. The boat, only preserved through a pattern of clench-nails, was 10–12 m long. It contained traces of grave-goods: sword, spear, riding-gear, bucket and chest, but no trace of a body survived. The grave is contextually dated to the first half of the 8th century.

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