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    Thors Hammer Found in Viking Graves

    Thors Hammer Found in Viking Graves

    Posted on 11 August 2010

    Long dismissed as accidental additions to Viking graves, prehistoric thunderstonesfist-size stone tools resembling the Norse god Thors hammerheadwere actually purposely placed as good-luck talismans, archaeologists say.

    Using fire-starting rock such as flint, Stone Age people originally created the stones to serve as axes. But the Vikings, whose Iron Age heyday lasted from about A.D. 800 to 1050, saw the primitive tools as lightning repellent.
    Because the axes predate the Viking age by thousands of years, archaeologists have long seen the stones as random artifacts, perhaps stirred up from earlier, lower burials or dropped in centuries after the Viking era.

    But now we have made enough discoveries of Stone Age artefacts in younger graves to say that they make a clear pattern, archaeologist Eva Thte, of the University of Chester in the U.K., said in a statement.

    National Geographic


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    This is interesting. Would this be evidence for indo-European culture dating from the neolithic in a 'primitive' form? Evidence for pre-indo-European culture having effect on the development and spread of indo-European culture? Or perhaps some form of ancestor worship? Have I got the wrong end of the stick? I'd like to read more.

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    I wouldn't mind being buried with Thor's Hammer myself

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