Beginning April 2019 a new archaeological excavation will take place in the old harbour area of Oslo. The area lies on the east side of Bispevika, along Håkon V’s street, and will be excavated in advance of building new apartments in that area. A large part of the plot was previously under water and it is believed that part the old harbor dating from the 16th to 17th century still lies intact beneath todays ground level.
Excavations over the last 20 years carried out in connection with the massive development in Bjørvika, have uncovered, more than 30 shipwrecks, harbor structures, the remains of moorings and their associated warehouses, and thousands of artifacts. The probability of similar finds during this current excavation is therefore high.
More shipwrecks discovered: Two close neighbours with different stories in the old harbour of Oslo.
In the last couple of weeks, three new shipwrecks have been revealed from the cultural layers in Bispevika. In this blog post we present some preliminary results and interpretations from the ongoing boat excavation.