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#26 Viking-Era Amulet Named ‘Thor’s Hammer’ Is the First of Its Kind Discovered in Iceland

Archaeologists discovered the Viking Age amulet, known as "Thor’s Hammer," in southwest Iceland, at a site they believe was used as a farm by early settlers.  

While there have been other Thor’s Hammer amulets discovered in parts of Scandinavia, this is the first to be made of sandstone.

Experts believe the symbol may come from a mix of Asatru, a pagan religion, and Christianity that was spreading to Scandinavia around the time it would have been made.

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