A wooden Viking sword discovered at a former brewery site | ArchaeoFeed
Archaeologists have discovered a perfectly preserved wooden Viking Ringerike style weaver's sword at the historic site of the former Beamish and Crawford brewery in Cork city, South Ireland. A full view of the sword (by Raidió Teilifís Éireann) The artefact was unearthed along other findings during recent excavations at the South Main Street site in one of the 19 Viking houses discovered there. The sword measured just over 30cm in length and is made entirely from yew wood. The most distinct feature of the weapon is a carved human face. According to archaeologists it is a typical feature of the Ringerike style of Viking art, dating it roughly to the late 11th century. The Viking houses discovered at the site preserved only at the ground level, as remains of central hearths and bedding material. The researchers state that the object was probably used by women, to hammer threads into place on a loom - the pointed end is for picking up the threads for pattern-making. Detail of the sword