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1000-year-old wood Viking shield found in Denmark

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Archaeologists excavating some Viking castles west of Copenhagen have uncovered a rare wooden Viking shield dating from over a thousand years ago.

Archaeologist Kirsten Christensen said the wooden shield has a diameter of 32 inches. […]

Christensen said Thursday it is the first time such a shield has been found in Denmark. She said the moist soil in the area is “ideal to preserve wood.”

The fir shield is believed to date from the late 10th century.

In the pictures it’s not fully excavated yet, but you can definitely see the classic shield shape. It looks like it came right off the pages of an Asterix and the Normans.

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