Birka Sword T-shirt

£15.00 - £18.00
  • Birka Sword T-shirt

Design originally made for the Birka Vikingastaden Museum, Sweden.

This design is based on an iron sword from grave 942 found during the 19th century excavations at Birka, situated on the island of Björkö in Lake Mälaren.

Archaeological excavations at Birka began in the 17th century by antiquarian Johan Hadorph however it wasn't until the 19th century that the site would be fully excavated and recorded, lead by Knut Hjalmar Stolpe, a Swedish entomologist, archaeologist, and ethnographer.Stolpe speculated that the island may have been an important trading post, prompting him to conduct a series of archeological excavations between 1871-95.
Stolpe is further credited with discovering a burial chamber containing a warrior burial dated to the 10th century AD (grave bj 581). The grave is considered to be the most unique example dating from the Viking Age, with the body dressed in luxurious clothing made of silk and silver material. The grave contained a full warrior's weapon ensemble including a sword, an axe, a spear, armour-piercing or "Bodkin" arrows, a single knife, two shields and the remains of two horses.