Gabriel Gustafson

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Gabriel Adolf Gustafson
Oseberg ship

Gabriel Adolf Gustafson (8 August 1853 – 16 April 1915) was a Swedish-Norwegian archaeologist. He was responsible for the excavation and conservation of the Oseberg Ship (Osebergfunnet) .[1][2]


Gabriel Gustafson was born in Visby, in Gotland County, Sweden. Gustafson studied at the Uppsala University earning a degree in Archaeology (1871), he was a professor at Uppsala University (1875–89). Gustafson was employed by the University of Bergen as a conservator from 1889 to 1900; in 1900, following the death of Oluf Rygh, he was appointed manager of the University Museum of National Antiquities at University of Kristiania, (now University of Oslo) and professor of archaeology.[3]

Gustafson is best known for his work, together with Haakon Shetelig, during 1904-05 on the Viking era Oseberg ship (Osebergskipet) near Tønsberg in Norway. He was awarded with the appointment of Knight of 1 Class of the Order of St. Olav in 1911.[4][5]


  1. ^ Solberg, Bergljot. "Gabriel Gustafson". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 1 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Frans-Arne Stylegar. "Osebergfunnet". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  3. ^ Frans-Arne Stylegar. "Gabriel Adolf Gustafson". Store norske leksikon. Retrieved October 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ Osebergskipet (The Oseberg Ship, Norway) Archived 11 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Jørn Olav Løset (January 31, 2016). "Osebergskipet". Retrieved October 1, 2016. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Hagen, Anders (1968) The Viking Ship Finds: The Oseberg, Gokstad, and Tune Ships (Universitetets Oldsaksamling)
  • Hougen, Bjørn (1965) Gabriel Gustafson, et 50-års minne (in "Viking", book 29", Oslo: Norsk Arkeologisk Selskap)
  • Shetelig, Haakon (1928) Queen Asa's Sculptors: Wood Carvings found in the Oseberg Ship, Norway (London: Burlington House)
  • Sjovold, Thorleif (1969) The Oseberg Find and the Other Viking Ship Finds Mary Fjeld Sjovold, translation (Universitetets Oldsaksamling)

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