Irish reliquary becomes Viking jewelry box

"Ranvaick a kistu thasa" or in English, "Ranvaik (a female name) owns this casket" reads a runic inscription on the base of a jeweled, Irish reliquary on display in the Danish National Museum. While the casket dates to the 8th century, the inscription was added two centuries later, demonstrating one small effect of Viking raids. (photo)

Experts believe that artifacts such as this one once held the bones of a saint, but were stolen for their monetary value, the bones discarded. The small chest in the Danish museum probably survived as a jewelry box.