A few days ago a viking sword was found in Dysnes, 15 km north of Akureyri. This sword is from the 9th or 10th century and was found in a boat grave. Boat graves are unusual in Iceland but in the last few days, archaeologies in Iceland have found two boat graves at the same spot. Those graves are on a larger scale than what has been seen over the last years according to Hildur Gestsdóttir from Iceland‘s institute of archaeology, who‘s leading the excavation. The sword that was found was in poor condition and the archaeologies had to be very careful transferring it. Hildur said:
“Yesterday morning we managed to lift up the sword with the help of a conservator. The sword is in such bad shape we had to lift it up in the soil. We dug around it, stuck a metal plate underneath, wrapped it in plastic, and then covered the whole thing with plaster. It was sent to the National Museum to be studied further”
You can see a video of the sword being removed from the boat grave here.