See! A “Thor’s hammer” discovered during an excavation in Sweden

During excavations in the Swedish locality of Ysby, archaeologists have made a major discovery that dates back to the time of the Vikings. They found a sort of amulet in the shape of the “hammer of Thor”, the Norse god of thunder. The artifact is believed to be dated between the 9th and 11th centuries.

Thor was a deity in Norse mythology and recognized as the god of thunder, storms and agriculture. Coming from Germanic culture, he is recognized by historians as the most popular god among the Normans of the Viking Age. Son of Odin, he was considered the most powerful of the Norse pantheon.

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The amulet has been classified by scholars as a “unique” piece. This is because it is the first such coin to be found in Halland County, where Ysby is located. Measuring just 3cm, the relic is made of lead, but may have been covered in gold or silver in the past.


The ancient coin found dates from when Christianity began to spread in Sweden. As it was a symbol from Norse mythology, experts believe the hammer may have been wielded by someone who refused to embrace an alien belief. It would be a way for a person to resist the Christian religion and claim that they continue to worship local deities.

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