Definition of ship burial in English:

Share this entry

ship burial


A burial in a wooden ship under a mound. The custom was reserved for those who were particularly honoured in Scandinavia and parts of the British Isles in the pagan Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods (6th-11th centuries ad).
Example sentences
  • There was clear evidence of a second ship burial, along with several cremations.
  • According to one expert, a special ship burial existed in the Viking society in which a body was cremated and buried inside a ring of stones shaped like a boat.
  • All indications now suggest that this may have been a Viking ship burial, the only one found in Ireland.
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.