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Norse funerals formed part of the traditions associated with varying customs and beliefs of Viking Era Scandinavians. There were many different manners of performing a Viking funeral.

Norsemen often cremated their dead in ship burials, known from archaeology, sagas, Old Norse poetry, and notably from the account of Ahmad ibn Fadlan.

The dead were often laid in a boat, or a stone ship, and they were given grave offerings in accordance with the earthly status and profession of the deceased, and these offerings could include sacrificed slaves. Afterwards, piles of stone and soil were usually laid on top of the remains in order to create a tumulus.

Throughout Scandinavia, there are many remaining tumuli in honour of Viking kings and chieftains, in addition to runestones and other memorials. Some of the most notable of them are at the Borre mound cemetery, in Norway, and Lindholm Høje and Jelling in Denmark.

Grave goods



It was common to leave gifts with the deceased. Both men and women received grave goods, even if the corpse was to be burnt on a pyre. The amount and the value of the goods depended on which social group the dead person came from.

The usual grave for a thrall was probably...
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