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A Viking Age Weaver’s Sword

Updated 06 June 2018.

News from Cork, Ireland where a Viking Age wooden weaver’s sword has been revealed. The event took place during the visit of the Norwegian ambassador to Ireland in September 2017.

Viking Age wooden weaver’s sword. Found in Cork, Ireland (Source: Irish Examiner)

This type of ‘sword’ is used by weavers to beat in the weft. The newly found specimen has delicate and clear design. According to experts it stands out from other finds. The carved heads are similar to the Ringerike style that dominated Viking art in Ireland in the late eleventh century. The weaver’s sword also dates back to this period.

The wooden artefact came to light during the archaeological excavation at the former Beamish and Crawford Brewery that is destined for redevelopment. The history of the site gives enough reason to expect results. The Norwegian Vikings landed in Cork as early as 820 CE and the Danish Vikings not much later in 914 CE. The Danes apparently settled on a marshy island next to South Main street… indeed it’s the spot of the old brewery.

According to the Irish Times, in the course of 2018 archaeologists have found a further 19 wooden houses from the eleventh and twelfth century. The oldest dates back to c. 1070 making it the oldest house in Cork. The remains of St Laurence church (13th c.) have also been excavated.

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