Norway’s Historic Stave Churches Are Even Older Than Previously Thought

Urnes Stave Church
Urnes Stave Church, Luster, Norway. Image: Bjørn Erik Pedersen, Wikimedia. CC BY-SA 4.0.

A modern measurement method has helped scientists date some of Norway’s historic stave churches more accurately. The most surprising find related to Urnes Stave Church, one of Norway’s eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Originally dated to around 1130, the church is now believed to be as old as 1070.

NTNU researcher Terje Thun has long studied wood samples from stave churches in order to more accurately pinpoint Norway’s most important contribution to world architecture.

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