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Saxo-Norman; early 11th century
On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London Gallery: Viking London: London At War
In the late 900s and early 1000s, Scandinavian rulers such as Swein Forkbeard of Denmark and Olaf Tryggvason of Norway tried to gain control of the Danelaw and of the rest of England. Swein's son Cnut eventually 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. This is one of several battle-axes and spears that were found during building works at the north end of the bridge in the 1920s. They may have been lost in battle or thrown into the river by the victors in celebration.
H 240 mm; blade L 210 mm; T centre 3 mm
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