What are ARMLET BAND RINGS?


Date:860-1000AD Norway; 950-1000AD Sweden & Denmark; 950-1050AD Gotland.

armlet band rings

armlet band rings

The earliest find of a rod arm ring is from the Norwegian Hon hoard [SHEEHAN 1992:fig.4] and dated after c.860 [GRAHAM-CAMPBELL 1980]:p.143 cat.486. This type of arm ring does not begin to occur commonly in other parts of Scandinavia until after the middle of the 10th century where it becomes common after 975AD in southern Swedish, Gotlandic and Danish hoards. It remains common in Gotlandic hoards well into the 11th century [SHEEHAN 1992:fig.4]

armlet band rings

The most typical group of Scandinavian arm rings in use from the late Vendel period to the Viking Age [GRAHAM-CAMPBELL 1980]:cat.227.
Archaeology

Date: C9th

Only found in Denmark and Gotland and probably imported from the Bulgar state on the central Volga [ROESDAHL & WILSON 1992]:p.265 cat.147
Archaeology

 

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