Dig Unearths 10th-Century Viking Shield

Denmark's moist soil preserved wooden artifact for 1,000 years
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2008 11:55 AM CDT
Archaeologists clean what they say is a well-preserved Viking shield.   (AP Photo)
camera-icon View 1 more image

(Newser) – Archaeologists say they have found a remarkably intact Viking shield that is at least 1,000 years old, the AP reports. The 10th-century artifact, the first such find in Denmark, was buried in moist soil "ideal to preserve the wood," says an excavator. The 32-inch wooden shield was discovered during a dig near Viking-era castles 60 miles west of Copenhagen.