Viking iron spearhead: late 10th - early 11th century
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Viking spearhead, with long slender blade of lozange section. Part of a group of Viking weapons. This type of spearhead was used in Scandinavia. In the late 900s and early 1000s Scandinavian rulers like Swein Forkbeard of Denmark and Olaf Tryggvason of Norway tried to gain control of the Danelaw and of the rest of England, and eventually Swein's son Cnut won the English throne. There were a number of battles along the Thames and around London Bridge. On one occasion the bridge was pulled down. During the building works at the north end of London Bridge in the 1920s, there were a number of battle axes and spears which have been found in the area. They may have been lost in battle or thrown into the river by the victors in celebration.
960 AD - 1050 AD