posted on Mar, 22 2013 @ 11:10 AM
reply to post by Spider879
In the early Viking era, you where burned on a pile of wood (think darth vader in star wars return of the jedi
This was also known to take place during the end of the Viking era, allthough more rare because of Christianity had made its mark on the culture.
If the dead was a chief or a outstanding fighter, the body was burned on a ship. Sometime on land and sometime on the sea.
The most common burial however during the Viking era was a kind of massgrave where you simply piled bodies in a hole together with their marterial
stuff like jewelry, clothes, weapons etc. Basiclly all the stuff you needed in the afterlife.
Chief´s could also be buried in real ships in the ground with their belongings. Even their "slaves" or "träl" as it was called in Sweden. These
slaves where killed so that they could acompany the chief.
Sometimes they put stone formation above these graves to mark where it was. These are called in Swedish "skeppssättning". But these stoneformation
was mostly used when there wasn´t a ship to bury with the chief and was more of a symbolic gesture to the chief.
edit on 22-3-2013 by Nettlas
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