Scientists have found a series of pieces of ancient Viking swords, which may have been used as markers of warriors' graves.
Sword fragments were discovered at two sites about 80 meters apart on the north coast of Estonia, according to Mauri Kiudsoo, an archaeologist at Tallinn University. This place also tatkuink com keeps many ancient spears and hilts, Forbes reported on October 12. They have existed since about the middle of the 10th century.
Based on the shape of the hilt
the team determined this was the type of sword used by the Vikings. They are very similar to the H-handled Viking swords found in northern Europe. Experts believe they were most likely used as grave markers or memorials for deceased warriors. Swords and other personal belongings were also often buried with the Vikings.
The Baltic states
including Estonia, were not as closely related to the Vikings as Scandinavia. However, the northern coast of Estonia is close to an important trade route for them. Archaeological evidence suggests that norse clothing Estonia experienced great change during the Viking period, but this change is unlikely to have been brought about by the Vikings.
Historians believe that Viking warriors regularly raided this place, even establishing trading posts and ramparts in the coastal area. Historical documents of this period are rare, but scientists say they did not go inland. Most of their items were found in coastal areas or on the island of Saaremaa, suggesting that Estonia was an important transit site rather than a settlement. Ancient legends also describe conflicts between the Vikings and the locals.