Wood floor pros have unearthed some scary sights during demos (dessicated animals come to mind). But how many people have removed a floor and come face-to-face with a viking? A couple in Nordland County, Norway, tore out their 100-year-old wood floor earlier this year to discover the 1914 home had been built over a viking burial ground. After finding an iron axe amid the rubble, the homeowners contacted the county, which brought archeologists to the scene. The archeologists have since discovered iron arrowheads and a skeleton they've dated to the Iron Age, between 800–1100 A.D. "I've been doing excavations for 30 years," an archeologist told NRK, Norway's state media. "This is the first time I have experienced that something like this appears under a house." As the excavation continues, the Nordland couple have willingly given control of the home over to the archeologists. It's a big imposition, but if you found a dead viking under your house, you might be OK with getting away for a little while, too.


Ryan Kushner signed on as assistant editor at Wood Floor Business in February 2018 after a year and a half as a staff writer at The Smithfield Times in Southern Virginia. He grew up in Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in English and Communication from Mercyhurst University. He is constantly in search of wood floor stories and terrible puns and wood love to hear suggestions floor either.