1000-year-old Viking belt buckle

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1000-year-old Viking belt buckle by CreativeTools Apr 17, 2010

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This 3D-file is the result of a project in which a 1000-year-old Viking belt buckle was laser scanned and 3D printed to achieve a copy of the unique archaeological artifact.

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i don't get how this belt buckle would hold a belt. ideas anybody? are there some parts missing? or is it unknown?

The belt buckle is not entirely complete. There is a slight bump close to the large hole. An assumption would be that a spike or pin was there and eroded away. One would slide the belt through the large hole and the pin (pointing towards the persons belly) would penetrate holes in the leather. There are very similar belt designs even today.

ok, that makes sense. thank you for the quick answer!

Elements need to be added to the back so we can print a real belt buckle! It would be sooo cool!

that looks really interesting. the link you posted doesn't seem to work.