The ship was turned into a gravemound for a prominent woman. Under the ship was a thick layer of blue clay, while the mound itself was built up of turf. This explains the excellent state of preservation of the ship and the other objects of
wood, leather and textiles. With very few exceptions, these are objects that never survive in graves of the Viking period.
Clinker built ship of oak.
Designed for rowing and sailing.
Speed more than 10 knots.
The top strake had 15 oar holes.
Length: 22 m wide 5 m.
Although seaworthy, the ship is relatively frail, and it is thought to have been used only for coastal voyages. The Oseberg ship was used as a burial for two high ranking women (see specials).
Amongst many other discoveries the Oseberg grave chamber also contained the largest and most varied collection of textiles and textile tools that has ever been found in a single grave. It is without equal in Nordic Prehistory. The collection consists of a number of fragmented tapestries and other patternwoven blankets of wool and linen, tablet woven braids and a large collection of cloth fragments, which come from clothing, sails or tents, rugs and so on, and in addition remains of silk fabrics and silk embroideries.