Viking Jewelry

The Vadstena Bracteate

The Vadstena Bracteate

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The Vadstena Bracteate is so called because it was discovered in Vadstena, Sweden in 1774 and is formed of a thin sheet of round gold (bracteate in Latin means a thin piece of metal). The treasure was found alongside a ring and a piece of gold sheet and was nearly melted down by a local goldsmith.
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The Spillings Hoard - The World's Largest Viking Hoard

The Spillings Hoard - The World's Largest Viking Hoard

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On July 16th 1999, the largest haul of Viking silver treasure was accidentally discovered in a field on the Spilling Farm in Northern Gotland, Sweden.
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Viking and Norse Runes and Their Meanings

Viking and Norse Runes and Their Meanings

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We know from interactions with our customers in store, and followers on our Social Media channels, that there are a wide variety of reasons why people are interested in Viking history and mythology.  One thing that is pretty much guaranteed to generate comments and questions is anything we post that relates to The Runes
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The Super-strong 'Ulfberht' Viking Sword

The Super-strong 'Ulfberht' Viking Sword

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A small number of 'super-strong' Viking swords have been uncovered that are forged of metal so pure that researchers are currently unable to explain how they were made with the technology believed to be available at the time. To add to the mystery, all of the weapons are inscribed with a single word - 'Ulfberht'
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Viking Jewelry - History and Uses

Viking Jewelry - History and Uses

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Vikings enjoyed fashion and the allure of precious metals and they strived to incorporate this into their day-to-day lives by crafting beautiful ornate jewelry. However, unlike most cultures, jewelry pieces in Viking culture typically had a dual purpose, being used both for aesthetic appeal and as a form of currency
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Viking and Norse Symbols and Meanings

Viking and Norse Symbols and Meanings

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Symbols played an important role in the Viking culture. From merely representing their faith, to calling on their gods for protection or instilling fear in their enemies, the Norse people used various symbols for different purposes. Here is a quick run down of the most important Viking and Norse symbols.
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