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During the excavation of a deep trench outside the walls of the crypt at Repton, dug to provide a better view of the masonry, an 'ancient axe-head' was discovered at a depth of 6ft in the south-west angle outside the chancel. Experts considered it to be a Viking axe dating to the late 9th and early 10th century, of a type especially common along the west coast of Norway. The date would therefore correspond well to the Norse occupation of Repton in 874. (1) Although no definite indications of a burial were noticed, similar cases suggest that the axe would have come from a grave. (2) The crypt is at SK 30312717, but no further information regarding the axe could be ascertained. (3)

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  • <1> Article in serial: Vassall, H. 1924. 'Discovery of a Viking-Axe at Repton', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Vol 46, pp 118-119.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Shetelig, M. 1940. Viking Antiquities of Great Britain and Ireland. Part IV, pp 14-15, illust..
  • <3> Personal Observation: F1 JB 26-JUL-66.
  • <4> Index: TPAT. 2025. 2025.



Grid reference Centred SK 3031 2717 (10m by 10m) (Centre)

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Sep 15 2016 4:44PM

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