Viking ship model donated to Isle of Man

Viking model presentation The World Manx Association made the donation to mark the society's centenary year

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A model of a prestigious Viking ship has been donated to Manx National Heritage by the World Manx Association.

The original Oseberg ship, which dates back to 800 AD, is thought to be one of the most remarkable Viking finds ever.

When excavated in 1904 it was found to contain the remains of two Viking women along with various artefacts.

The ship model was originally commissioned by the Dubai Manx Society as a trophy for their annual Viking longboat races held in the Middle East.

Members made the gesture to mark the centenary of the society.

Education Services Officer for Manx National Heritage Anthea Young said: "We are thrilled to receive this beautifully crafted model Viking ship, for future learning and enjoyment for the Manx community".

The Oseberg ship was excavated from the banks of the Oslo Fjord in Norway, by archaeologists Haakon Shetelig and Professor Gabriel Gustafson.

The excavation revealed an oak ship fully laden with a four wheel cart, four sledges, horse gear, chests, textiles, tools and equipment for agriculture and needlework, a tent and some beds.

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