A rare Viking-era gold crucifix has been discovered in a field near the village of Aunslev. According to a press release issued by the Ladby Viking Museum, where the cross is set to go on display, the artifact was found by a metal dectorist who immediately alerted archaeologists to the discovery. Made in the shape of a man with outstretched arms, the crucifix is just under two inches high and has a small eye on its top that suggests it was once worn with a chain. In the nineteenth century, a similar cross was discovered in the grave of Viking-era woman in Sweden, and researchers believe the Aunslev crucifix also probably belonged to a woman. Dating to the first half of the tenth century, it is one of the oldest crucifixes to be found in Denmark.

via Viking Crucifix Found in Denmark – Archaeology Magazine.

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