What is a Kaårv ?
Both sides of my and my wife's family come from European descent. My wife's from Ireland and the surrounding areas. Mine from Sweden, Ireland and Germany.
Like many kids, growing up, I enjoyed identifying with the Vikings and their imagined way of life. Their helmets, beards, swords and passion were inspiring. Plunder also had a nice ring to it. It seems that, maybe, success today requires a skill-set similar to other eras. Leverage your strengths. Work hard. Repeat.
Not many images embody these qualities more than the Viking longboats that were used as warships, merchant vessels, and for enjoyment.
This Viking ship - called a Kaårv - was found near Oslo, Norway in 1905. It dates to AD 800 and was the burial of a Viking noblewoman, probably a Queen, along with an elderly female companion. Other burial finds included three dogs, an ox, an ornately-carved wagon, and thirteen horses, pulling three ornately-carved sleighs, an oak chest fastened with iron nails with tinned heads, a wooden bucket with brass fittings probably made in Ireland, and other household goods including tapestries.
The ship is preserved today in the Viking Museum outside of Oslo. It is built entirely of oak, and is 70 ft long and 17 ft broad. The ship is richly-decorated with carvings.
Courtesy of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University