For centuries, the Norse used animal horns as drinking vessels, many of which had decorative metal terminals and mounts. Proof of this has been found in grave sites, although the actual horns have long decayed. A new book by Vivian Etting entitled The Story of the Drinking Horn – Drinking Culture in Scandinavia during the Middle Ages tells the long story of the custom. (photos)
Interestingly enough, the use of horns as vessels seems to come to a halt in the 12th century, leading experts to believe the horns were banned by the Church when Vikings converted to Christianity.