9th-11th centuries, the Viking Period. Iron, 6 1/2" length with trapezoidal shaped bit, eared edge slightly oval socket and tapered square section hammer head opposite. See Nicolle fig.173b for a virtually identical example. Exceptional preservation with crisp profile and the forged surfaces intact with minimal isolated oxidation intrusion. The Finns had contact with Vikings, both congenial and hostile. This axe is probably influenced by Viking axes, but its lighter weight suggests a more agile fighting style, less reliant on body protection. As well, the axe would have been equally suitable for throwing. A rare specimen in exceptional preservation.