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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…

Rare and valuable pendant of high quality gold found in Norfolk

The front features an image of Emperor Justinian

Mr. Godfrey Pratt from Norfolk made a rare and valuable discovery on a field near Attleborough, with his metal detector.  At first, he thought it may be just a golden bottle cap, but upon uncovering it more,  discovered a pendant made of high-quality gold in a good condition, dating back to the 6th Century.
Made more than 1,500 years ago, this early Anglo-Saxon pendant features the image of Emperor Justinian as it appeared on Byzantine coin. 
Finds officer Dr. Adrian Marsden from Norwich Castle Museum said it was originally made in France, may have come to England as result of an export trade at the time and that the jewelry likely had a special significance to the owner and was buried with them.
It could possibly indicate a cemetery on the field where it was found and Mr. Pratt joined a search project lead by a team from the Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group.
The pendant is due for valuation by the British Museum, following evaluation by the coroner, after which Mr. Pratt will be rewarded for the find.  Mr Pratt is an experienced metal detectorist and has made other finds of archaeological interest.




A similar pendant (pictured left), which was declared a treasure in 2013, was discovered by another metal detectorist on land at North Elmham.
It is approximately the size of a modern penny and an imitation of a gold solidus coin featuring emperor Maurice Tiberius (582-602 AD).
This pendant is also believed to have entered England from it's origin in France and buried with it's the owner.

Both pendants were made into jewelry following their arrival in England and belonged to wealthy people.

 
                       

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