Archaeologists unearth Viking boat burial

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British archaeologists have discovered the 1,000-year-old boat burial of a Viking warrior in the Scottish Highlands.

The man was laid to rest inside his boat, surrounded by valuable items including an ornately-decorated sword, a shield, a spear and an ax — all of which suggest he was of high status.

Experts say the find — the first fully intact grave of its kind on the U.K. mainland — may be part of one of the country's most significant Viking sites.

"It's absolutely fantastic — the find of a lifetime," Dr. Oliver Harris of the University of Leicester, one of the project's leaders, told CNN. "It is very rich, very old, the sort of thing I dreamed of excavating as a boy."

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