Regardless of how we imagine the Vikings, these astonishing relics shed light on a centuries-old civilization. Sometimes, the only word to be mustered is “whoa.”

1. 7th Century Sword

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

2. Axe Head, Circa 12th Century

Photo: Wolfgang Sauber / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

3. 1st Century Viking Swords

Photo: Wolfmann / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

4. 7th Century Helmet

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

5. Warrior Shield

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

6. Colored Glass Vase

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

7. Early-Medieval Viking Finger Ring

Photo: Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.0

8. Viking Penny

Photo: Surrey County Council / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY 2.0

9. Colored Glass Bowl, Circa 7th Century

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

10. 1,000-Year-Old Sword Found By An 8-Year-Old Girl

Photo: Jönköping County Museum

11. 10th Century Viking Weapons

Photo: Simon Burchell / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

12. Horse Harness

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

13. Collapsible Scale And Weights

Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    • 14. Leather And Metal Armor Pieces

      Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

    • 15. Thor’s Hammer Pendant

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

      16. 10th Century Brooch

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

      17. Amber Beads

      Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

      18. Viking Buckle

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

      19. 9th Century Steel Sword

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

      20. Partially Reconstructed Chain Mail Shirt

      Photo: Wolfmann / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

      21. Silk With Silver Embroidery

      Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

      22. Molding Tools

      Photo: Szilas / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

      23. 9th Century Beads

      Photo: Joe Mabel / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 4.0

      24. Copper-Alloy Stud

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

      25. Lead Weight

      Photo: The Portable Antiquities Scheme/ The Trustees of the British Museum / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA 2.0

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