Scientists have found a unique 4,000-year-old tomb in Norway (6 photos)
A 4,000-year-old stone tomb was found in Norway - it turned out to be the most unique Stone Age find in Norway in the last 100 years. The tomb may now reveal many facts about ancient life.
A team of scientists made a unique discovery in the Vestland region, which is located in Western Norway: they discovered a stone tomb that is approximately 4 thousand years old. Excavations in the region have been carried out since April of this year, and only recently archaeologists managed to find such a valuable rarity.
"This is one of the most significant discoveries we have made in the post-war era and is extremely important for future research. It opens up great opportunities for further analysis. We hope to carry out DNA and isotope analysis, as well as learn more about the local people and their way of life " says Morten Ramstad, co-director of the University Museum of Bergen.
The remains of five people, including infants and old people, were found in the tomb. One baby was buried at the feet of a 60-year-old man with arthritis. Under the skeletons they found as yet unidentified material similar to animal skins. In addition, bone beads, flint objects, and offerings in the form of animals and food were found in the tomb. Scientists also believe that the area began a transition to agriculture about 4,000 years ago - they plan to study how agriculture developed here.
The tomb itself consists of two chambers and probably served as a burial place for several generations. Such graves are most common in the Oslofjord and Østfold areas of Norway, as well as in Denmark and Sweden. The tomb is well preserved for its age - and according to scientists, this is all thanks to the fine-grained shell sand. The length of the grave is just over three meters, width – one and a half meters, height – 70–80 cm.