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Gilded horse mounts of Viking confidant of the king found in Denmark

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Gilded bronze and silver-plated mounts from a horse bridle have been discovered in the town of Hørning near Skanderborg in Jutland, Denmark along with the remains of a Viking to whom these artifacts belonged to.
The find consists of two cross-shaped fittings and a rectangular buckle.  They are now on display at the Museum of Skaderborg.


Merethe Schifter Bagge, a project manager and archaeologist at the museum said the artifacts are exquisite and so rare that it is considered among some of the greatest archaeological discoveries in Danish history. It dates back to 950 AD which could mean the Viking who owned them could have been a confidant of the king and it is believed to be a gift of alliance from the king. This type of bridle was only available to the most powerful people in the Viking Age

The Museum of Skanderborg archaeologists has secured funding for a full excavation of the area including a huge grave complex, which is unusually large for the time period.

Archaeologists hope to gai…

Mystery of 14 000 World War identity tags found hidden in a field.

Dan Mackay with some of the identity tags he found

37-year-old Dan Mackay made an astonishing discovery while relic hunting in a field near London, where a remaining Second World War anti-aircraft battery is located.
Mysteriously, a large hoard of more than 14,000 identity tags was buried which belonged to soldiers who served in the war, among others, those who have fallen during the Normandy landings.
The site where the discs were found is close to a discontinued factory where they were manufactured.  
Identity Tags, commonly named Dog Tags, due to their resemblance to actual dog tags, were first introduced in 1907 to replace identity cards, by the British Army and in September 1916, during the First World war, Army Order 287 introduced the compulsory issue of two official tags for each soldier by the British Army, both were initially manufactured of vulcanized asbestos fiber due to the comfort of wearing the material during warm climates.  From 1960 stainless steel was used.

Ken Oakhill in 1945 who's military identity 
tag was among those discovered.
The first tag was a shade of green color, oblong-shaped disc and was attached to a long cord, worn around the neck.
The second tag was a shade of red color, circular shaped disc and was threaded on a 6-inch cord and suspended from the first tag.
The purpose of these tags were to identify the body of  a soldier upon death. The information contained on it was the soldier's name, number, rank, unit and religion. 
The first tag was intended to remain on the body and the second taken to record the death.

It appears from the discovery that the British Army may have considered introducing the new stainless steel tags into circulation much earlier, but abandoned the idea later during the conflict.

Following the discovery Mr. MacKay was keen to reunite the discs with the relatives of those to whom they belonged, even willing to travel nationwide.  There were names of military medal winners, prisoners of war, people who were written about in military journals and many more.  
He initially contacted the British Legion and several military historians and magazines but his request for assistance was turned down. But he was not willing to give up and finally made a breakthrough on the website Forces War Records.  They connected him with the son of a surviving veteran named Frederick Henry Bills.
There are still many tags which have not be reunited with relatives and the search continues.



 
                       

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