Part of a Viking sword belt: 10th- 11th century
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Part of a Viking sword belt. It is made of leather, copper alloy and bronze. The leather can be seen underneath decorative metal mounts of four points stars. The belt has a link with three loops towards the left-hand end which is round in shape. This strap-fitting linked three leather straps, and probably formed part of a sword belt. It was found in 1878 in the Temple, off Fleet Street. It dates to the late 900s or early 1000s, and is of a type known from Viking graves, particularly in the Baltic area of Scandinavia. It may have belonged to one of the Vikings who attacked London in the early 1000s, or to a follower of King Cnut, the Danish king of England (1016-35).
960 AD - 1060 AD