Scar boat burial on Sanday - SMC076
1991 a Viking boat burial was excavated at Scar on Sanday
in the Orkney Islands. It was unusual because it contained
The man was buried with weapons, gaming pieces, lead weights,
and a very fine comb. The old woman was buried with a lot
of items associated with textile production including shears
and a very well made whalebone plaque used for pressing linen.
She was also buried with a very rare type of gilded bronze
The items found with the woman suggest that she was an important
member of society. Textile production was an activity associated
with wealthy Viking women.