Burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead or as a part of the grave goods
Model of the Sutton Hoo ship's structure as it might have appeared, with chamber area outlined
A ship burial or boat grave is a burial in which a ship or boat is used either as a container for the dead and the grave goods, or as a part of the grave goods itself. If the ship is very small, it is called a boat grave. This style of burial was used among the Germanic peoples, particularly by Viking AgeNorsemen. According to the Boxer Codex, ship burials were also practiced by the indigenous peoples of the Philippines.
A unique eyewitness account of a 10th-century ship burial among the Volga Vikings is given by Arab traveller Ibn Fadlan. The largest Viking ship grave, 65 feet (20 m) long, was discovered in Norway by archeologists in 2018, and it is estimated to have been covered over 1000 years ago to be used as a boat grave for an emminent Viking king or queen.