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Ireland - Skuldelev


The Skuldelev ships is a term used for 5 original Viking ships recovered from the waterway of Peberrenden at Skuldelev, c. 20 km north of Roskilde in Denmark.
In 1962, the remains of the submerged ships were excavated in the course of four months. The recovered pieces constitute five types of Viking ships and have all been dated to the 11th century.
They were allegedly sunk to prevent attacks from the sea.

When the remains were unearthed, they were thought to comprise a total of six ships, but "Skuldelev 4" was later discovered to be a part of the Skuldelev 2 ship.
Together, the five Skuldelev ships provide a good source of information about the shipbuilding traditions of the late Viking Age and are now exhibited at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

All five of the original Skuldelev ships have been replicated as true reconstructions by the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.
Some of the Skuldelev ships have also been replicated by other groups across the world as both true or inspired reconstructions.




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