Viking Borre Mound: Largest Cemetery for Viking Royal

The Viking Borre Mound is the largest Viking burial mound in Northern Europe. The Borre cemetery rest on the hot archaeological Viking site in Vestfold, Norway.

The largest burial mound in North Europe

According to the archaeologists, the Viking Borre mound was the final resting place for kings and many earls in the Viking age. The site now consists of 7 large graves and 21 smaller ones. The oldest burial mound might date back to 600AD prior to the glorious reign of the Vikings.

The Borre cemetery was the burial site of the Viking royal family

The area is as large as 182000 square meters (~45 acres). The Borre mound was the site that archaeologists excavted the first Viking ship in 1852. It was the first to be excavated but because of the damage condition, the ship could not survive. Because of this, in 1867, Tune Ship excavation made it the first excavation of Viking ship as among the best preserved Viking ships.

The artwork around the Borre burial site has now become the Borre style. Like the Oseberg style, the Borre style depicted a kind of animal with knot patterns. The Borre style was often used in the horse harness.

Borre style Viking style. The Borre style was named that because it was found in the Borre Viking Burial Mound
The gripping beast and the knot patternsin the Viking Borre style

Also, archaeologists also believe that the Borre site once included the Viking harbor. However, this still remains an open book to the insightful scholars.

Appearance in Scandinavian sagas

The Borre burial mound appeared in the Norse sagas as the final home for the Viking kings. It was a skaldic poem that the famous Snorri Sturluson compiled and wrote down. The name was Ynglingatal and it was the first part of Heimskringla The tales of the Norwegian kings.

Viking burial site Viking borre cemetery in Norway was the Viking largest burial site in North Europe
A general view of the Viking largest burial site

The tale retold about the legendary kings, their death, and their final burial sites some of which are historical. And Borre burial site appeared as the home of two kings in the Ynglingatal dynasty.

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