Runic stone (stone), Viking / Lund, Sweden. The runestone is 8½ feet tall and was discovered at Skårby, Sweden. The Skårby runestone is dated to about 1000 A.D. Transcription into Old Norse: Káulfr/Kalfr ok Autir þeir settu stein þenna eptir Tuma, bróður sinn, er átti Guðissnapa. Translation in English: Káulfr(?)/Kalfr(?) and Autir, they placed this stone in memory of Tumi, their brother, who owned Guðissnapi.
Ulfberth sword found in Finland. Smelting technology that wont be repeated by any other culture for centuries. The Vikings were among the fiercest warriors of all time. The feared Ulfberht sword. Fashioned using smelting techniques that would remain unknown to the Vikings' rivals for centuries, the Ulfberht was a revolutionary high-tech tool as well as a work of art. Considered one of the greatest swords ever made.
Ulfberht Sword - An old legend has it that a Nordic smith named Ulfberht developed the first purest steel blade. This crucial development achieved near-mythical status among warriors, making this one of the most important swords in the study of medieval weapons. The Ulfberht sword was a quantum leap in both technology and design. Not only was the material better, but the design of the sword was a definite improvement.