Witness the great naval battles. A 700-year-old ship found at the bottom of a lake in Norway
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The vessel, which has signs of construction of the era not only of the Vikings, but also of the Middle Ages, will be raised from using robots.
Archaeologists in Norway have made a new discovery. During the survey of one of the reservoirs, a ship was seen at the bottom. It is believed that its age can reach more than 700 years, writes Science Norway.
The find was found in one of the largest lakes in the country – Miesa. A maritime archaeologist compares it to a large fjord. Once upon a time, trade routes ran in these waters. Therefore, wrecks of boats are often found here.
At the same time, no one has ever explored deeper than 20-30 meters. The rest of the ships were found only in shallow water by divers-archaeologists. However, a few weeks ago, they began to explore the reservoir deeper with the help of the latest technology. The two-week mapping covered an area of 40 square kilometers.
The underwater vehicle was able to detect the wreckage of the ship at a depth of 410 meters. The ship is 10 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. Researchers believe that it was once a large ship.
One of the researchers, Oyvind Odegaard, suggested that the ship was already at the bottom. Perhaps as a result of a collision with something. Also noticed that some elements of the metal began to rust. Previously, the national media announced that it was a Viking ship.
But Odegaard pointed out that this was not the case. After all, the Vikings had a steering oar on the side. At the same time, it is located in the rear part of the discovered ship. This arrangement was popular in the Middle Ages. Therefore, this suggests that the ship is about 700 years old. The researchers also noted that the ship was built in accordance with Scandinavian traditions. In addition, its remains must be in excellent condition due to fresh water.
Archaeologists noted that at the beginning of the XII-XIII centuries. there were huge naval battles on Miesa. Also at this time, various goods from modern Oslo were transported with the help of this reservoir.
The sunken ship is planned to be raised. However, with the help of robots, this will be a super-difficult task. The scientists also tried to get more high-quality images, but were unable to because of the strong current.
Researchers hope to find more ships soon. The next five years, Myosa will be explored more thoroughly.