Thor’s hammer discovered in Iceland – shock Viking find (Photo).
A RARE Viking “Thor’s Hammer” amulet has been found in Iceland, the first discovery of this kind in the island, archaeologists revealed.
The rare sandstone amulet was found at a previously unexplored site in Þjórsárdalur, southern Iceland, according to Iceland Magazine.
The Viking treasure, which was meant to be worn around the neck, was located on a once Viking-era farmstead, as reported by Iceland Review.
This is the first-ever sandstone amulet shaped like the mythological Thor’s Hammer believed to be found in Iceland.
Archaeologists found the treasure after a local resident directed them to the area.
And it wasn’t the only rare item the experts dug up at the site.
Among the precious collectables archaeologists discovered, there was a “whet”, used for sharpening blades, an iron pick and a bucke, Iceland Magazine wrote.
The Hammer of Thor is a very important symbol in ancient mythology, representing the immense power of the Norse god of lightening.
During the Viking era, miniature of Thor’s Hammers were worn as religious amulets to honour the god.
About 50 specimens of these amulets have been found in Scandinavia, where Norse gods were widely honoured between the 9th and 11th century.
Earlier this year, a silver Hammer amulet was found on an island in the Baltic Sea.
More Viking’s artefacts have been found recently.
Archaeologists in Norway recently discovered an extremely rare Viking longship using groundbreaking radar technology, a finding hailed as “sensational” by the archaeology community.
And in nearby Sweden, 8-year-old girl Saga Vanecek found a 1500-year-old Viking sword in lake Vidösten in Southern Sweden.
In a Facebook post, her father Andy described what happened, writing: “Just minutes before the opening kick of the battle between France and Crotia in the 2018 Soccer World Cup in July, there was a reminder of a possible battle from over a thousand years ago.
“It was July 15th that 8 year old Saga Vanecek stumbled upon something special in the muddy clay on the bottom of Lake Vidösten in southern Sweden.
“She picked up the object, lifted it high above her head, and shouted as if she was Pippi Longstocking, ‘DADDY! I FOUND A SWORD’!”