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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…

Hoard of 1000 coins dating back to English Civil War found in Lincolnshire


The find is currently the largest hoard from the Civil War era in Lincolnshire county

A trove of 1000 coins dating back almost 400 years to the English Civil war (1642 - 1651) was discovered buried in a plowed agricultural field in Ewerby, Lincolnshire by Mr. Steven Ingram. The landowner, Mr. Chris Sardeson, farmed there for over 50 years without noticing a trace.
The English Civil War was a battle between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians. Several battles commenced in Lincolnshire, amongst others at Ancaster Heath, Riby Gap. The most significant of which took place on October 1643 at Winceby where the Royalists were defeated by the parliamentarian army, as well as Oliver Cromwell.
This defeat marked the end of the Royalist movement in Lincolnshire. Following this, the Parliamentarians remained in power of the county until the end of the war.
A few smaller-scale battles were also led by the Royalist garrison, one was in 1644 at Waddington.
Finds officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme at Lincolnshire County Council, Dr Adam Daubney, describes the find as monumental and says that it was buried early 1643, just months after the war broke out, which is identified by the date of the latest coin.

Undetected:  The farmer on whose land the coins were found never noticed a trace for over 50 years

It contains coins from the reigns of Edward VI, Elizabeth, Mary, James I, and Charles I and the largest hoard from that time in Lincolnshire county.
It acquaints us with fear and uncertainty during that period. The exact reason why it was buried or by whom may never be revealed. A possible explanation could be that it was left by a soldier prior to fighting in the war, but never returned.
During the Civil War, someone could easily support living with only £20 a year.  The total value of the hoard, at the time it was buried would have been £34, which would make it quite a significant sum.
The current value will be determined once a decision has been made whether it will be declared a treasure.

In 2008 a collection of 15 Silver and Gold coins, dating from the same time period, sold at auction for £35,933.

 
                     

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