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A symbol of adventure and the supreme vessel in the transition from the Dark Ages to the Age of Exploration, the Viking longship has long captured the imaginations of both historians and the general public. The Viking Longship: From Skinboat to Seagoing Warship by Jorn Olav Loset is a guide to the evolution of Norse ships and shipbuilding, from prehistoric vessels to the great longships of the Vikings. Archaeological boat finds are discussed and compared to ships known from the Icelandic sagas and those depicted in rock art, grafitti, and the picture stones of Sweden. The construction of a longship and Norse crafting procedures are explained in detail, while modern Viking ship replicas, valuable to archaeologists to understand the seaworthiness of the ancient ships, are evaluated. The book also provides an overview of the naval warfare of the Vikings, their transatlantic voyages, and their navigational methods. Throughout, the book is illustrated with photographs and detailed plan drawings rendered by the author. A major contribution to maritime history and the history of technology, and written for those interested in wooden boat building, early naval history, and Norse heritage, The Viking Longship provides the latest information on one of the world's most famous vessels.
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JORN OLAV LOSET,a descendant of boat builders, lives with his family on a farm on the west coast of Norway. He has documented and written about Norse shipbuilding for years and maintains a popular Web site on the subject. He is the author of Ditta he ej me haurt!,a bestselling book in Norway on old regional Norwegian words and phrases.
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