On the west coast of Scotland north of Glasgow, a new find of a Viking burial site is exciting archaeologists.

The warrior or petty king was found buried with an ax, a sword with a decorated hilt and other signs of his rank. About 200 rivets are what remain of the boat he was laid in.

Because of new and more careful procedures for its excavation, scientists said, this site is likely to advance our knowledge of the Norsemen of 1,000 years ago.

The discovery was backed by several major universities in Britain. And it’s another reminder of the immensity of knowledge of mankind’s past awaiting our exploration.