Carolingian cup from the Vale of York hoard 9th century The Vikings loved to hoard. The patterns on this big cup, which twist and gyre ornately as you revolve it, were created in the Carolingian empire but a Viking used it to bury a hoard of silver and gold in the Vale of York. The cup was buried in the earth with the precious things inside it - they came from as far away as Afghanistan, proving how far the Vikings traded.
Did you know that the first men from Europe born in America was a Viking called Snorri? And that we have found in a Viking grave a figure of Buddha made in India? Do you know that the Vikings made a graffiti in hagia Sophia, Istanbul?
This wonderful hanging pendant in silver with gilding and exquisite details was found by Leif Petersen somewhere in the district Thy, Denmark. The necklace is from the Viking and is filed with the local museum in Thisted.