Examine Oseberg Viking Ship Artifacts in 3D


Animal Head 3D Oseberg Viking Ship

Five unique animal head posts were found in the Oseberg burial mound, probably made by different wood carvers. The use is uncertain. (Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)

Now you can examine artifacts from the mysterious Oseberg Viking ship in 3D. The ship built in year 820 AD, buried in a mound with two elderly woman in year 834, is the best-preserved Viking ship ever found.

The Museum of Cultural History in Oslo has 3D scanned ten objects that you can study in your browser. You can both zoom and watch them from all angles – something you cannot when they are behind locked glass at the museum. The system, ShareMy3D, works on computers, mobile phones and tablets.

Guidance and Translation

You can study the elaborate objects here, and if you click the HQ button in the menu bar at the bottom, you will get a better version of the model. This requires a bit more of the hardware and takes a little longer to download.

Other possibilities include taking measurements, see the cross-sections and adjust the light.

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Axe 3D Oseberg Viking Ship

In the Oseberg burial mound there were among hundreds of other objects found two light axes of iron with relatively long wooden handles. (Photo: Museum of Cultural History, Oslo)

If you click the Document button to the left of the HQ button, you will get an article about the object – which unfortunately only is in Norwegian. However, if you are curious and want to learn more, copy the text and use Google Translate.

Name of the artifacts translated from Norwegian into English:

  1. Dyrehode: Animal head (wood)
  2. Utskåret trestykke: Carved piece of wood
  3. Øks: Axe (iron)
  4. Kopp: Mug (wood)
  5. Fat: Serving platter (wood)
  6. Teltvindski: Tent bargeboard (wood)
  7. Tingel: «Object», carved piece of wood
  8. Trestykke: Piece of wood
  9. Spinneredskap: Spinning tool (wood)
  10. Åre fra Osebergskipet: Oar from the Oseberg ship



Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews

Categories: Culture, History, Vikings

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