Crucifix Pendant (NLM-AD60CD)
The settlement of Scandinavians in the Danelaw inevitably led in the end to their conversion to Christianity, though how this process happened and how long it took varied in different parts of the country and is still not fully understood. Finds from Scandinavian-settled areas, like this crucifix with a clear image of Christ on the cross, may well be evidence for this process.
Reproduction Crucifix Pendant
Crucifixes like this one would have been worn to display one’s faith and may have been a way for newly converted Scandinavians to be more accepted in society. By the late tenth to early eleventh centuries, assimilation would have seen many Scandinavians, both elites and common people, converted to Christianity and adopting Anglo-Saxon ways.