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Viking and Migration Age Europe 

ANT 1. Viking Sword found on the 1066 Stamford Bridge Battlefield, Yorkshire, England.

Thousand year old Viking Swords with known battlefield provenance are unheard of. This one was found in June of 1942 in the immediate vicinity of Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire. No doubt a relic of the climactic and savage battle fought there on Sept. 25th, 1066. The morphology of the sword (Petersen Type X) is dead on time wise as an early 11th century type. This battle preceded Hastings and directly affected the outcome in favor of the Normans over the weakened Saxons. Norwegian King Harald Sigurdson also known as Harald Hardrade (hard ruler) invaded Northern England and joined forces with Tostig, brother of the Saxon King Harold Godwinson. Hardrade and William, Duke of Normandy both claimed to be rightful heirs of the Saxon Throne after the death of Edward the Confessor, as opposed to Harold who was considered a usurper. The Norwegian army numbered about 9000 men. Harold Godwinson’s Saxon army (approx. 15,000 men) marched north to meet them near Stamford Bridge. The battle was hard fought but ended in a decisive victory for King Harold and the Saxons. Both Tostig and Hardrade were slain on the field. So many died in an area so small that the field was said to have been still whitened with bleached bones 50 years after the battle. (Click here for a more thorough account) The Sword is in remarkable condition for a ground find, still very strong, flexible and even functional. Note the three sets of brass double hourglass runes inlaid in the blade. Imagine this blade being wielded in the death struggle at the very twilight of the Viking Age, a bloody witness and active participant to the horrors of that great slaughter. This sword is featured on page 82 of Tai Larson’s Viking Weapons and Skaldic Poetry Book. It may very well be published elsewhere. What an amazing and historic relic!



 ANT 2. Excavated Viking “Flat Topped” Battle Axe.

Vicious and effective. Brutal. Exclusively Scandinavian design. Outstanding condition. Professionally cleaned and preserved according to museum standards. Found in England. Part of a London Gentleman’s private museum. Custom stand included.



ANT 3. Excavated Viking Sword.

Rare artifact, though broken from battle or intentionally. Verbal provenance is that it is a battlefield find near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. Bronze guard and pommel have a matching pagan solar symbol motif. Blade is broken at the tang and measure 9″ in length, 2 1/8″ at widest point. Cross guard is 4″. One lobe of pommel is broken off from hard impact. Sometimes weapons were ceremonially broken as offerings. Complete Viking age swords are extremely rare and expensive. This sword displays great, is affordable and real. 9th-10th Cent. AD.



ANT 4. Excavated Viking Shield Boss or “Umbo”.

Hard to find these intact. Viking age shields were constructed of layers of wood covered with leather and the iron Umbo was in the center protecting the hand. This one has a mean little spike projecting from it. Missing parts of the rim and has some areas of rust through. Measures 6″ in diameter. Dug at a 9th Century battle site near Vinnytsia, Ukraine.



ANT 5. Excavated Viking light Battle Axe or “Skeggox”.

These were wielded in a single hand, sometime with one in each hand. The warrior also may have had a couple of these tucked in his belt. Designed for fast attacks and possibly thrown at enemies like the earlier Frankish “Franciscas”. Condition is untouched and just as it was dug. Iron is very stable. Provenance of Northern Lithuania.

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ANT 6. Excavated Viking Shield Boss or “Umbo”.

This is a very scarce find. Designed to protect the hand, these formed the center of the classic round Viking Shield. Constructed of wood and covered with animal hides, sometimes painted as well with mythological designs and fantastic beasts. Condition is excellent and shows a bit of battle damage. Measures 5.5″ in diameter. Found on a battle site near Vinnytsia, Ukraine. 8th to 11th Centuries AD.



ANT 7. Excavated Viking Age Iron Spear Head.

This iron spear head is approx. 10″ long and in very good condition. A relic of Northern Estonia near the Baltic.



ANT 8. Viking Age Chain Mail Fragment.

Unearthed in Latvia in the context of other Viking finds. Note the individual hand riveted chain links. Part of a mail hauberk or attached to the skirt of a helmet. Conditions must be exceptional for these fragments to survive oxidation.



ANT 9. Dug Viking Lunar Amulet.

This amulet known as a “Lunula” was worn by pagan Viking and Slavic women as a charm for fertility, good luck and a happy life. Cast in bronze with interesting decorative detail. Condition is fantastic with a knee deep emerald green patina. Found near Kiev, Ukraine, the power seat of the Swedish Viking Rus. 



ANT 10. Viking Age Barbed Arrow Head.

On the subject or “Cruel missiles”, I believe this one falls into the category. Fantastic excavated condition. Found near Zhitomir, Ukraine.



ANT 11. Dug Viking Age Hair Comb.

Fashioned from bronze, some Viking combs were made of bone or antler. Great condition. 9th/11th Century A.D. Found near Kiev, Ukraine.



ANT 12. Excavated Viking “Bearded” Battle Axe.

Classic style heavy Battle Axe (Skeggox) used with one or two hands. This type has a wide range of find sites from Denmark to Russia. Great condition. This particular example was dug in Latvia (Baltic States) with a metal detector. The Swedish Vikings (Varangians) subdued the Slavic Tribes in the Baltic region to establish trade routes along the rivers reaching into the Mediterranean, Black Sea and the Eastern Roman Empire.



ANT 13. Dug Viking Battle Spear.

Monstrous Scandinavian Iron Socketed Spear Head. Measures over 15″ long. This is the classic angular style. Truly impressive and textbook Viking. 8th to 11th Century AD. Found near Tallin, Estonia.



ANT 14. Excavated Viking Age Spear Head.

Classic style, almost 10″ in length with some pitting. This cruel missile was dug near Tallin, Estonia.




ANT 15. Excavated Viking Age Iron Spear or Javelin Head.

This large spear or Javelin Head was dug recently in Latvia.

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ANT 16. Excavated Viking Woman’s “Turtle” Brooch.

These were worn in pairs at the shoulders. A small chain was suspended in between that had various amulets and decorative pendants hanging from it. Cast bronze. Dug near Tallin, Estonia (Baltic States).



ANT 17. Rare Excavated Danish Battle Axe.

If you have seen the History Channel Show ‘Vikings” you would recognize this type of axe being carried by Ragnar’s brother Rollo. Classic Scandinavian form with D shaped socket. A light and fast weapon. Note battle damage. Found near the ancient Norse trading emporium of Staraya Ladoga. 10th Century AD.



ANT 18. Rare excavated pair of Silver Visigothic Bow Fibulae from Spain.

This large (6.25″) matching pair are dated to the end of the 5th Century AD. and were most likely found long ago in a Germanic Row Grave Cemetery on the Central Meseta. Constructed of solid sheet silver with gilt brass palmettes at the junctures. Iron pins on back rusted away. Two of the arrow shaped terminals on one of the fibulae are restorations. These were worn to close a woman’s cloak at the shoulders and were worn in conjunction with rectangular cloisonne’ Belt Buckle Plates with oval loops. Only women of very high status could afford this ornamentation. Ref. “Art of Medieval Spain”Metropolitan Museum of Art page 59 fig. 14.”The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 413, fig. 11-1.



ANT 19. Early Anglo Saxon Bow Brooch.

This small bronze brooch is an early type dating to the late 5th, early 6th Century AD. Note beast head finial. County Kent, England.



ANT 20. Visigothic Belt Buckle Plaque ca. 7th Cent. AD.

Classic early to mid 7th Century style featuring stylized griffin design. Deep green patina. This buckle is a reflection of the Byzantine influence on art of the later Visigothic Kingdom. Connecting pin is a modern replacement. Provenance of Merida, Spain. Ref. “The Visigoths, an Ethnographic Perspective” by Peter Heather page 418, fig. 11-5.



ANT 21. Ostrogothic Bow Fibula. 5th to 6th Cent. AD.

Nice example made of cast bronze. Radiate head type. Spring pin intact. Used to pin a woman’s cloak at the shoulders. Provenance of the Danube River Valley.




 ANT 22. Excavated Viking Winged Battle Axe.

This heavy “winged” Battle Axe was probably wielded with two hands. Very good condition. D-shaped socket for handle. A blow to he head would be catastrophic as this design has a lot of penetrating power. A true killing machine. 9th to 11th Century AD. Dug near Kiev, Ukraine.





Native American Antiquities

All artifacts on this page were found on private property with land owner’s permission prior to 1979.


NA 1. Incised Caddo Jar. Ca. 

Rare geometric design, finely crafted and in perfect condition with no chips or restoration. Originally found in Clark Co. Arkansas and acquired from the Hiwassee College Collection. This is a truly exquisite piece. 



NA 2. Punctilated Caddo or Quapaw Bowl.

Decorated over it’s complete surface with fingernail impressions. No restoration whatsoever. Found by Eddie Bankston near Clarksdale, MS. in the 1960′s.



NA 3. Dug Anasazi “Ram Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Rare and perfectly intact with only minor rim chipping. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Measures approx. 6.5″ in diameter by 6.25″ tall. Note dog or fox head effigy and tight geometric patterns. I believe this type dates ca. 800 to 1200 AD. Found long before 1979 on private property in Catron County New Mexico by the late Dr. Rick Kalister.




NA 4. Excavated Anasazi Effigy Vessel ca. 800-1200 AD.

This weird looking vessel is shaped like a football and has a spout on top with a dog head effigy projecting from it. Nice black geometric patterns painted all over it. Spout has pressure cracks but no material loss or restoration whatsoever. Measures Approx. 5.75″ across at widest point and 4.75″ tall. This is an extraordinary Native American artifact. Dug long ago by Dr. Rick Kalister on private property. Catron County New Mexico.



NA 5. Caddo Jar.

Flawless condition. No repairs or restoration whatsoever. Lightly decorated with incising. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



NA 6. Large Quapaw Polychrome Water Bottle.

Very high quality and textbook example. 7″ in diameter 12″ in height. No repairs or restoration and vivid paint. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



NA 7. Dug Anasazi “Ram’s Head” Effigy Water Pot.

Nearly flawless example with only a extremely minor rim chips and no restoration or repair whatsoever. Dog head effigy projects from side of rim. Interesting geometric patterns with crosses and lines. Found in 1970 by Dr. Rick Kalister in Catron County, New Mexico. Measures 5.5″ in diameter and 5″ in height. Ex. Dr. Kalister Collection.



NA 8. Large Incised Caddo Bowl.

Pristine, untouched, undamaged, AUTHENTIC and large Caddo Bowl. Nicely decorated. Ex. Hiwassee College Collection.



 NA 9. Excavated cache of large Native American Adze Blades.

Found together in a cache long ago near Dickson TN. All skillfully crafted from Dover Chert. One is a “Hogback” Adze. Note the polished surfaces on the working edges.