Record Details

NHER Number:31413
Type of record:Find Spot
Name:Viking Thor's hammer

Summary

Metal detecting in 1994 recovered a Late Saxon decorated gold alloy Thor's hammer pendant. Thor's hammers, the symbol of the god Thor in Norse mythology, were worn as amulets by Vikings of pagan belief to invoke his protection.

Images

  • A Late Saxon decorated gold alloy Thor's hammer pendant from South Lopham.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service
  • Late Saxon decorated Thor's Hammer pendant made from gold alloy.  © Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Location

Grid Reference:Not displayed
Map Sheet:TM08SW
Parish:SOUTH LOPHAM, BRECKLAND, NORFOLK

Full description

1994. Metal detecting.
Gold alloy Thor's hammer, stamped on both sides with triangular stamps, each containing three pellets.
The type fits well with other known examples from England, such as the silver examples from Sibton in Suffolk and Swithland in Leicestershire, and those from the Cuerdale and Goldsborough hoards.
Thor's hammers, the symbol of the god Thor in Norse mythology, were worn as amulets by Vikings of pagan belief to invoke his protection.
(S1), (S2) and details in file.
W. Milligan (NCM), 19 December 1994.

Monument Types

  • FINDSPOT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Associated Finds

  • CEREMONIAL OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • MINIATURE OBJECT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)
  • PENDANT (Late Saxon - 851 AD to 1065 AD)

Protected Status - none

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Photograph: I&RS. Finds Polaroid. Polaroid.
<S2>Illustration: Finds Illustration.

Related records - none

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