LEIC-185125: Early medieval silver Thor's Hammer

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Unique ID: LEIC-185125

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Early Medieval (Viking) silver Thor's hammer, 29 mm long, 21 mm wide at head and 4 mm thick. The object is T-shaped and consists of a sub-rectangular head which comes to a slight point in the centre of its upper edge, and tapers gently in width to its straight edges. This sits on a tapering shaft, sub-rectangular in cross-section, which holds the remnants of a broken suspension loop at its terminal. The head is decorated with sub-rectangular punchmarks, four arranged in a square in its centre and three in a row on each side. Three of the punches appear to have round pellets within them.


The object was found in 1993 (before the start of the Treasure Act 1996) and was donated by the finder and landowner to Leicestershire Museums. When found it was the fourth one known.

It was found close to the Thurcaston Viking coin hoard, LEIC-C6D945.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Charnwood museum, Loughborough
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to a museum


Broad period: EARLY MEDIEVAL
Subperiod from: Late
Subperiod to: Late
Ascribed Culture: Anglo-Scandinavian
Date from: Circa AD 850
Date to: Circa AD 1100

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 29 mm
Width: 21 mm
Thickness: 4 mm

Personal details

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Recorded by: Wendy Scott
Identified by: Wendy Scott
Secondary identifier: Dr Helen Geake

Other reference numbers

Museum accession number: L.A151.1993.0.0

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Completeness: Incomplete
Surface Treatment: Stamped

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Leicestershire (County)
District: Charnwood (District)
To be known as: Thurcaston

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Charnwood museum, Loughborough

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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Created: 6 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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