I would argue
Developments in Scandinavian shipbuilding in the 8th century led to the appearance of the longship- a key tool for the Viking expansion in England and beyond. This is one of the ornamental gilt copper of bronze vanes (vedrviti) that the sagas record to have been carried on the prows of many Viking longships as a sign of importance. For examples have survived as the wind-vanes on church-steeples: This one comes from Söderala, Hälsingland, Sweden, and likely dates from the 10th century. Such vanes remained in style for as long as Viking style longships did, and probably found their way on church-steeples as a result of the local practice of stowing the sails and other moveable items of ships’ equipment in local churches. 

Developments in Scandinavian shipbuilding in the 8th century led to the appearance of the longship- a key tool for the Viking expansion in England and beyond. This is one of the ornamental gilt copper of bronze vanes (vedrviti) that the sagas record to have been carried on the prows of many Viking longships as a sign of importance. For examples have survived as the wind-vanes on church-steeples: This one comes from Söderala, Hälsingland, Sweden, and likely dates from the 10th century. Such vanes remained in style for as long as Viking style longships did, and probably found their way on church-steeples as a result of the local practice of stowing the sails and other moveable items of ships’ equipment in local churches. 

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    Longship wind-vane, Söderala, Hälsingland, Sweden, ~10th century.
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