Viking sword from Isle of Man on display

Showcased at the ongoing Heroes exhibition at the Jorvik Viking Centre in York are the fragments of a highly-decorated Viking sword, discovered in 2008 by metal detector enthusiasts Rob Farrer and Daniel Crowe on the Isle of Man. The sword dates to the 10th century. (photo)

The sword hilt is made of copper alloy and is believed to have originated in Norway. Head of archaeology at Manx National Heritage, Allison Fox, said it could be the "very sword which belonged to the first Viking ever to settle in the Isle of Man". At the time of the discovery, Rob Farrer called the sword his "best to date."

A short video, created soon after the sword was found, is available from the BBC.