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#1    The Oseberg Miracle

  A flat-pack challenge from the 9th century

The Oseberg Ship is a miracle. 

It is a jaw-dropping exception to the rule that wooden things dug up from the ground after a 1000 years are going to be in a bad state. Most Viking ships that have been excavated offer a few scraps of timber and enough rusty nails to fill a bucket. And that’s it!

The survival of the Oseberg Ship – the queen of all Viking ships – and its astonishing artefacts is quite simply miraculous. Its survival – so far. For the fight is on to try and stop the ship dissolving into a pile of powder.

This is the story of the flat-pack challenge from the 9th century that makes a TORNVIKEN kitchen island from IKEA seem like child’s play!

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Archaeologist Gabriel Gustavson and his excavation team standing in the Oseberg burial mound, 1904.
An artist is making drawings of the broken prow of the ship.
Photographer : Olaf Væring. Owner: Universitetsmuseenes fotoportal. (Licence:CC BY-SA 4.0)


00:00   North by Norway
written on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle, using the Norwegian folksong ‘I Ola-dalom, i Ola-tjønn’

03:12   Dronningen
written on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle

09:55   Oseberg
written on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle

14:05   Ja vel elsker dette landet
Norwegian national anthem, music by Richard Nordraak
retrieved from Wikimedia Commons

#2    He’s either mad – or English!

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