Iron spearhead: late 10th-mid 11th century
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Iron spearhead. This spearhead is imcomplete and shows a well defined band of damascening down the centre of the blade. It was one of a group of battle axes 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.
960 AD - 1050 AD