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IRON AXEHEAD, MEDIEVAL, VIKING, LATE BYZANTINE c.950-1150 AD ORIGINAL CRUSADER

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Seller: warandpeacecollections (1,196) 100%, Location: La Mesa, California, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 122245968493 Note: Last image is of a Museum display of a similar axe and stirrup that was found in Rosenlund, Denmark. But these are considered Slavic and have been found in Poland as well. BYZANTINE (EASTERN ROMAN) IRON BATTLE-AXE c.950-1150 AD Length: 7”; Blade Length: 4-3/4” The provenance of this axe in northwestern Bulgaria places it hin the First Bulgarian Empire that existed between the 7th and 11th centuries. Geographically, it covers a region in which the Crusaders needed to traverse on their way to Constantinople, which by the 11th and 12th centuries this region was then a part of the Byzantine Empire. Based upon similar specimens, an accurate date to place on this axe would be c.950-1150 AD, and thus would qualify it as a First Crusade period battle-axe. However, if we endeavor to find the origins of such an axe, we must look to the Vikings. One of the best references for this type of battle-axe can be found in the Rosenlund, Denmark axe (c.950 AD). In addition, very similar axes were found in the Viking village of Haithabu (on the Jutland peninsula close to the border between Germany and Denmark). And two more sites yielding almost identical specimens: Lund, Sweden (southernmost county of Skane) and an excavated specimen in Luboń near Poznań in Poland. The Varangians were Scandinavians who migrated eastwards and southwards through what is now Russia, Belarus and Ukraine mainly in the 9th and 10th centuries. Engaging in trade, piracy and mercenary activities, they roamed the river systems and portages of Gardariki, reaching the Caspian Sea and Constantinople. Thus spreading what would be considered aspects of Viking culture into southeastern Europe and into the heart of the Byzantine Empire itself, Constantinople. CONDITION: SEE IMAGES FOR DETAILS. THIS IS A DUG ITEM AND SHAFT HOLE IS GONE ON ONE SIDE. IT HAS BEEN SHORED UP BY THE ADDITION OF AN INNER PLEXIGLASS RING THAT IS HARDLY NOTICIBLE. METAL HAS BEEN WAX TREATED FOR PRESERVATION. THIS IS A 100% ORIGINAL AXEHEAD FOR CHEAP! Note: there are reproductions out there, just a little to perfect, not enough corrosion. Look at the museum photo then look at mine. This IS the REAL DEAL!! SHIPPING IN USA ONLY. THANK YOU! Condition: CONDITION: SEE IMAGES FOR DETAILS. THIS IS A DUG ITEM AND SHAFT HOLE IS GONE ON ONE SIDE. IT HAS BEEN SHORED UP BY THE ADDITION OF A PLEXIGLASS RING THAT IS HARDLY NOTICIBLE. METAL HAS BEEN WAX TREATED FOR PRESERVATION. THIS IS A 100% ORIGINAL AXEHEAD FOR CHEAP!, Material: IRON, Provenance: BULGARIA

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