In 793 A.D. the Danes, Norwegians, and Swedes began 295 years of seaborne exploration, war, piracy, commerce, and trade. This historic period is known as the Viking Age.
The Vikings sailed their longboats west to England, Ireland, Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland, and Labrador. As mercenaries, looters, and later settlers and traders the Vikings traveled east to Russia, Turkey, and Constantinople. They sailed the coasts of Germany, France, Portugal, and into the Mediterranean Sea finding the riches of Morocco, Italy and the Middle East.
Our knowledge of Viking art relies heavily on the study of weapons, coins, and ornamental metalwork from archaeological sources throughout Europe and the Mediterranean Basin. This museum collection includes four metal replica artifacts.
* English Viking Arrowhead. The original artifact is four inch medial ridged leaf shaped point with side seam conical socket. It was found in York, England. This replica is made of lead free pewter.
* Eric Bloodaxe, sword type York.† The York silver penny of Eric Bloodaxe
* Scandinavian Owl Pendant. The original bronze artifact was found near a settlement in Grobina, Latvia. The original is dated between the 9th and 11th century AD. The pendant depicts an owl face. This replica is cast in lead free pewter, has a loop on the back.
* Thorís Hammer Amulet. Over 1000 of the Thorís Hammer amulets have been found across Northern Europe. In 2014, a small hammer dating to the 10th century was found† on the Danish Island of Lolland. The pendant from Lolland is the first to have a runic inscription that directly attributes the Viking hammers to Thor i.e. the runic inscription orshammere (Thorís Hammer Amulet).† Viking men and women often wore Thorís hammer for protection. ďIt was the amuletís protective power that counted, and often we see torshammere and Christian crosses appearing together, providing double protectionĒ, said Peter Pentz, an archaeologist at the National Museum of Denmark. This replica of Thorís hammer is cast in lead free pewter and has a loop on the handle.
These items are replicas and made of lead free pewter. Each coin is†marked "COPY" on the reverse as required by the Hobby Protection Act. Made in the USA. Comes attached to an 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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