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Mayback, Papa Westray


In April 2015, remains of a Viking Age boat burial were discovered at Mayback, Papa Westray when renovations were being made to a house.

News report here…

A second Viking burial was discovered in the summer of 2015 when a pipe trench was being dug. Preliminary investigations suggest the remains belonged to a large man, buried in what may be a crouched position, with a sword by his side.

The sword, which is a typical design of the period, places the burial firmly in the Viking Age. The grave also contained the remains of what appear to be a knife and possibly a broken spearhead.

The finding of two Viking Age burials relatively close together has led to suggestions that there may be a Viking Age cemetery similar to the one at Pierowall.

News report here…

The picture on the right shows the outline of the pommel, hilt and crossguard of the viking sword, overlying a thigh bone, in the latest Papa Westray burial