This Viking ring fragment of a silver finger ring does not at first look very impressive. With its round, flat face and simple, shield-shaped stamps it could look quite modern. So, it was quite a surprise to find out from curators at the British Museum that the ring was in fact 10th century AD in date and Viking. The decoration is seen on many examples of silver rings and bracelets in their collections.
Stave church at Hurum in Valdres ~ Carved head detail on a capital. Despite being a Christian church, leftover Viking gods appear in the capital sculpture. Paganism held out in Viking culture centuries longer than anywhere else in Europe.