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Students burn a long boat as they study Vikings at Highfield school
2:17pm Saturday 26th October 2013 in News
AN age-old tradition was re-enacted at a school in Southampton when it conducted a Viking burial and burned a ship.
Highfield Church of England Primary School’s Years 5 and 6 set fire to a three-metre-long Viking longboat yesterday to mark the start of half- term.
It also marked the end of weeks of studying the history of Vikings.
The vessel was paraded through the school and up to the school field by the pupils and teachers, dressed in Norsemen costumes.
They then laid down the ship, placed a makeshift body on it and conducted a traditional Viking burial.
It was a project involving pupils from both years, who helped decorate it with war paint, shields and treasure.
The children also helped with the ship’s mast and sails, with the skeleton of the ship built by the school caretaker.
Year 5 teacher Michael Dodson said: “The children have been looking forward to this for a long time.
“They have been building and decorating the boat for the Viking burial for weeks.”
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