Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands -part 2.

As well as hosting the travelling exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the legend’ (details below), Nottingham University is also hosting a complimentary exhibition.  ‘Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands’ highlights the Scandinavian presence in the East Midlands.    The exhibition focuses on the evidence for this, which includes artefacts recorded by the PAS. Voluntarily recorded objects are extremely …more

Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands-part 1.

As well as hosting the travelling exhibition ‘Viking: Rediscover the legend’ (details below), Nottingham University is also hosting a complimentary exhibition.  ‘Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands’ highlights the Scandinavian presence in the East Midlands.   The exhibition focuses on the evidence for this, which includes artefacts recorded by the PAS.   Voluntarily recorded objects are extremely …more

Treasure 20 The Scraptoft hoard – Treasure that isn’t Treasure

Scraptoft Hoard

   The Scraptoft Hoard In this last post I wanted to flag up one of our treasures that does not currently qualify as Treasure, even though it’s a hoard! The Scraptoft hoard is an important assemblage of 11th century tools. Because it is not Prehistoric, this base metal hoard is not Treasure, but the information gleaned from …more

Treasure 20 Melton Museum – Welby Hoard

 The Welby Bronze Age metalwork hoard The Welby Hoard did not qualify as Treasure when it was found by a farmer digging a trench in a field in 1875. Prehistoric base metal hoards have only been Treasure since 2003, a fact that has already revolutionised our knowledge of Bronze Age metalwork.  Unfortunately, only a proportion …more

Treasure 20 Fitzwilliam Museum – The Thurcaston Viking Coin Hoard

  The Thurcaston Viking coin hoard  LEIC-C6D945 This hoard from Thurcaston, Charnwood, is a very important mixed coin hoard. It contains 12 Anglo-Saxon, Arabic and Viking coins, which were found over several years by one detectorist. Because they were found one at a time, it took a while to realise they were a hoard. The …more

Treasure 20 Harborough Museum – Charles I Medallion

 Charles I Medallion  LEIC-78E0B3 This object contains a finely carved bust of the King. Found with a silver link still attached, it probably hung from a silver chain. These medallions were issued to friends and partisans of the monarch and would have been proudly worn by his supporters. It is also believed that some were …more

Treasure 20 Charnwood – Thor’s Hammer

   Thor’s Hammer Pendant LEIC-185125   This silver amulet dates to the period 850-1100AD. It would have been worn by a devotee of Thor, one of the main Norse gods alongside Odin and Frey. This was found in Thurcaston parish in 1993 by the same person who found our only Viking coin hoard (see blog  …more

Treasure 20 Melton Museum – Burton Lazars Mount

 The Burton Lazars mount   LEIC-62EC04 This mercury-gilded silver mount from Burton Lazars, Melton, is a bit of a mystery. It has four openwork ‘knot- like’ interlace panels formed of snake like animals which have heads with beady eyes, which can be seen when viewed from above. It has no obvious parallels but similar beasts are seen …more

Treasure 20 Harborough Museum – TOT Roman finger ring

    TOT Roman finger ring   WMID-63F643 This in an example of a ‘TOT ring’ which are thought to represent the Celtic god Toutatis (Totatis), with T O T being an abbreviation of the gods name.  In the French comic, Asterix, the oath “By Toutatis!” is often uttered by Asterix the Gaul! However, these rings are mainly …more

Treasure 20 Charnwood Museum- Gold Sword Pommel

 The Earl Shilton Gold sword pommel LEIC-62B043 This stunning object from Earl Shilton dates to the seventh century and was the first Anglo-Saxon sword pommel to be found with this ‘filigree’ interlace decoration. However, the discovery of the Staffordshire Hoard in 2009 changed all that and now it is one of a small group of …more