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It would have been easy for the high-profile reconstruction project and the famous boat find to eclipse the find assemblage. In connection with the new hjortsprlng of the Haugvik find, four samples have been selected for 14C dating. This was not done during the construction of the original boat, but was necessary in order to make an exact copy of the shape of the original.

pre-romab The work of construction was done in an unheated building near Dyvig, and from here the official launching of Tilia Alsie finally took place in June Four of the paddles have been identified as field maple, Acer campestre, also used for some of the oars in the Nydam find, but the paddles used in the present sea trials were made of ash and linden.

On the basis of this examination, the single timbers, transferred to model size, are re-assembled in the chronological order in which the original hull had been built. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hjortspring boat.

Both are thorough and informative about the source material, the carvings, iconography and other prehistoric boat and ship finds, but discussion centres around consequent interpretations of construction. In the s the ship was repaired with planks from an oak pre-rokan was also felled in the British Isles.

Skuldelev 6 has a modest keelson with mast-step but in its original form it was probably equipped with rowlocks or tholepins for six oars on each side.

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The result prr-roman this technique is an even and smooth surface. Kerteminde Fjord and Kertinge Nor were of great significance for access to and from Odense, and the dead man in the ship-grave may have been the controlling authority in this context.


Its dimensions and relationship between length and breadth fit in with the characteristics of the vessel-type: The sinking of the vessel has therefore been interpreted as a deliberate votive offering. The model for this shape was probably the ceramic pyxis from Greece, dating to the fourth century BC, which was exported to the Adriatic and Black Sea regions, from where it spread as originals and copies in ceramics and wood.

The total length is cm and the piece is about 33 cm wide across the widest part. The boat was either sunk alongside a revetment or left in the beach area of the site. At each end of the boat, a large winged stem rested on top of the bottom plank contexf the ends of the side strakes were attached to this.

The initial stability of the boat is very low but satisfactory for the vessel when loaded. The ‘standard contexy of Tilia did not match the original paddles in size, species of wood or weight. I have divided the work up into two parts, the first being this book, a description of the kayak and umiak and their gear, along with the use of the umiak.

On the boat part a-bthere are tool marks on both the outside and the inside, but they are clearest on the inside. The whole frame system, like the other parts of the vessel, had been designed with the greatest care with the aim jron-age combining strength with lightness.

Hjortspring boat

Traces have been found of several other barriers in the area 2. From onward a new, bottom-based type of large cargo ship, the sea-going cog, emerged, with its oldest-dating representatives from Kollerup and Kolding having been built in southern Jutland, probably deriving from North Frisian influence on the west coast of Jutland.

The boat had been constructed ih a delicate hjkrtspring around one central bottom strake with two broad strakes on each side, fastened to each other by means of sewing along the overlaps of the planks.


One of the faces is flat, and the other slants inward with faint traces of profiling. Some of these representations can in fact be interpreted as a transitional or hybrid form between the typical Bronze-Age and Late Bronze Age and Pre-Roman Iron Age ship depictions.

In new attacks were made on England from Dublin, and the same year King Sven of Denmark sent a large fleet. The historical context shows that wsrship is known about private shipbuilding, in contrast with the information relating to State-controlled shipbuilding activities.

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A hypothetical ‘Hjortspring skinboat’. There are many repairs, the last of which were done shortly before the sinking of the ship at a time when the wood in the keel was mouldering. To build the boat, linden trees, Tilia parvifolia, with a m-long straight trunk without side-branches and a lower diameter of 0.

The dendro-datings suggested that the ship was scuttled in the harbour in at the earliest. The ship was built in Denmark around and its bottom was constructed of new oak timbers, but planks of pine and ash from two different ships were re-used in the upper part of the sides of the ship. Considering the vast resources needed for the building and equipping of large cargo ships, one may assume that these vessels were specifically designed for trade, primarily with bulk cargo, and that they were owned by rich merchants or by important members of the nobility or the clergy.

Special attention is paid here to the originally ca 19 m-long plank-built boat, which forms the central element of the find.