Triangular iron axe blade: 11th century

Triangular iron axe blade: 11th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

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This triangular iron axe blade has its edge curved downward. The lower part of the socket has an eared projection and there are traces of wood in the socket. This blade is part of a group of axes, axe blades and spears that were found during building works at the north end of London Bridge in the 1920s. They may have been lost in battle or thrown into the river by the victors in celebration. 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.

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