Vegard Høystad-Lunna was roaming the fields of Innlandet County in Norway with his metal detector when suddenly he heard a loud series of beeping sounds. His device was hovering over an iron object buried about three inches below the surface of the ground.
A massive landslide caused a huge swath of land and several houses to be swept into the sea near the town of Alta in northern Norway the afternoon of June 3. The landslide was 2,133 feet (650 meters) wide and 492 feet (150 meters) deep.
There is growing consensus among archaeologists that there was a Viking era in Norway, including exploration through maritime travel, a full 2,000 years before the established Viking Age.