Birka Excavations Undercover Viking Age Dragon’s Head

The town of Birka in Sweden was for a long time during the Viking Age one of the key centers of trade and commerce. It is also known for an 1870 discovery of a casting mould for a needle pin in the shape of a dragon’s head.

And before the summer, the latest joint Swedish-German excavations at Birka yielded one of these bronze dragon’s head pins that would have been cast in the mould.

Stockholm University has posted a short video on YouTube describing the find.

Read more: Su.se (for article) and Facebook page (for updates from dig)


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