Selection of Viking weapons: 11th century
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Viking weapons from the Thames. Selection of iron axes and spearheads. The wooden handles are modern additions. 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. These battle axes and spears 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.
1000 AD - 1060 AD