CHICAGO (CBS) — A Viking longboat has been moved to safe harbor inside the Field Museum, where it’ll headline a new exhibit about the complexities of Viking culture.
As crews used a red construction crane to carefully swing the 28-foot replica Viking ship into the south entrance of the museum on Thursday, a handful of Viking reenactors provided a touch of authenticity to the proceedings.
Officials said the the Krampmacken, a replica Viking ship from Sweden, based on archaeological sources, would be quarantined for 11 days to make sure the pine boat doesn’t contain pests that might damage other exhibits at the museum.
“It will be completely sealed off, and for the next 11 days, we will monitor the ship every two days. Our pest management [and] conservation folks will go in and take a close look with their flashlights to see if there is any activity at all,” Field Museum projects manager Susan Neill said.