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ship burial

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Definition of ship burial in English:

noun

Archaeology
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.

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