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Biggest Viking ship ever found heads to Britain

By January 2, 2013

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In 1996, an extension was begun on the Roskilde Ship Museum in Denmark. The museum was built to house a collection of ships that had been sunk deliberately in order to protect the approach to Roskilde, which had at one time been the royal capital of Denmark. During construction work, some archaeologists noticed very large timbers in the excavations. These proved to be nine more ships, the most remarkable of which was the Roskilde 6 -- the largest Viking warship ever found.

The impressive vessel, which had been a troop ship, is now undergoing conservation work, drying out in huge steel tanks at Brede. Soon, it will once more go across the North Sea, where it will be the star of an exhibition at the British Museum.

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