In Pictures: Horn handles and axeheads from 10th century Viking graves found in Cumbria

By Ben Miller | 05 June 2014

An investigation of nationally-important Viking discoveries, sparked when a Cumbrian metal detectorist found a brooch in 2004, have paved the way to six Viking burials hinting at a culture and tales from a volatile period of political history

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Six burials, from a maximum of two generations of 10th century Vikings, were found on farmland in a small village in the Eden Valley, just south of Carlisle. The skeletons of the four men and two women had been destroyed by the acidity of the soil they were left in.

Swords, spearheads, spurs, knives and beads were among the objects carried by the east-west orientated graves, with a decorated drinking horn, the silver-inlaid horn handle of a seax and a wooden locking box of textiles proving particularly revealing under further analysis.

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Pics: Oxford Archaeology Ltd

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