Possible medieval ship in ‘perfect condition’ discovered in Norway’s largest lake

Researchers mapping Norway’s largest lake made a big discovery last month.

After embarking on a journey more than 400 meters (1,312 feet) below the surface of Lake Mjøsa with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Norwegian Defense Research Institute (FFI) revealed in a press release his discovery of a 10 meters (33 ft) wooden boat and an unexploded bomb.

According to CNN, the ship could date back to the 1300s and as late as the 1800s.

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The boat could date from the Middle Ages, and it has not been dismantled over time. It is the first discovery of this magnitude at Mjøsa, as diving archaeologists have only explored to depths of 20 to 30 meters (65 to 75 feet), according to Science Norway.

The discoveries were made by the FFI’s Hugin, an autonomous submarine on its maiden voyage to the lake, about 62 miles north of Oslo. The Mjøsa Mission project aims to map the 140-square-mile lake bed using sonar technology, CNN reported.

SHIPWRECK: These are the outlines of the shipwreck found at the bottom of Mjøsa. PHOTO: FFI AND NTNU


According to Science Norway, FFIs were asked to map the lake for explosives and munitions that might have been dumped there by a munitions factory between the 1940s and 1970s, leading to a partnership with researchers academics.

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“I expected that wrecks would also be discovered while we were mapping dropped ordnance – this turned out to be the case,” said Øyvind Ødegård, senior researcher in marine archeology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. and principal researcher of the mission. told CNN.

“It was just that the statistical probability of finding well-preserved wrecks was considered to be quite high,” Ødegård said, explaining that “the freshwater environment and lack of wave activity kept the ship in pristine condition. , except for the corrosion of a few iron nails at each end of the ship.”

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Ødegård said the searchers had only mapped 15 square miles of the 140 square mile lake, but expected to find more wreckage.

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“We might find vessels from when human activity began in the area. They might be present and in good condition,” Ødegård told the outlet. “You can’t rule anything out.”

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