Definition of ship burial in English:

ship burial


  • A burial in a wooden ship under a mound. The custom was reserved for those who were particularly honoured in Scandinavia and parts of the British Isles in the pagan Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods (6th–11th centuries AD).

    • ‘The site is close to the Ashby Warren ship burial.’
    • ‘There was clear evidence of a second ship burial, along with several cremations.’
    • ‘All indications now suggest that this may have been a Viking ship burial, the only one found in Ireland.’
    • ‘Other candidates include the ship burial at Sutton Hoo, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Magna Carta, the Domesday Book and the Isle of Lewis chessmen.’
    • ‘According to one expert, a special ship burial existed in the Viking society in which a body was cremated and buried inside a ring of stones shaped like a boat.’