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18 Medieval Artifacts That Made Us Say ‘Whoa’

Updated October 5, 2020 90.1k votes 12.5k voters 1.1m views18 items

List RulesVote up the medieval artifacts that make you want to unearth your own trove of medieval treasures.

History is everywhere, often buried in the very earth beneath our feet, but it's not everyday that dig in your backyard or by a busy highway and find a trove of medieval artifacts. It does happen, however. King Richard III died in 1485 during the Battle of Bosworth Field, but his body was only found in 2012 under a parking lot in Leicester, England. While one of the largest treasure troves of Anglo-Saxon artifacts was found by an amateur treasure hunter and his metal detector.

Whether it be on purpose or by accident, people have unearthed some incredibly cool medieval artifacts. Some, garnished in gold and untarnished after centuries, are incredible at first sight. Others like small trinkets and everyday items need a little time to understand how profound the find is. All, however, should leave people thinking one thing: "whoa!"