The first known and documented Viking attack happened in Lindisfarne in northern England in 793. The allure of the Vikings is likely a combination of a fascination with their plunderous activity and the intellectual views about the world they lived in. The mythological, cosmological ideas the Vikings shared about life after death as well as their sense of adventure and fervour for storytelling are ubiquitous aspects of cultures worldwide and thus appeal to tourists and locals alike. One of the monoliths at the museum is the Oseberg ship, which was built in around 820 and excavated in Tønsberg in 1904. The Oseberg ship was used as a burial ship for two women, one aged between 70 and 80 and the other woman approximately 50 years of age.

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