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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…

Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artifacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The gold artifacts were discovered  near the largest Thracian thomb, Sveshatari 

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari tomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

View of Sveshatari thomb inside

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.

Unearthed: A splendidly crafted golden tiara with animal motif

Four spiral bracelets in process of uncovering

Several golden decorative brooches were found

Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that the treasure was likely wrapped in a gold-woven cloth because several gold threads were discovered nearby.

Golden horse figurine and clothing fittings

The items are believed to have been apart of a ritual burial, likely that of the Gath ruler Kotela, one of the father-in-laws of Philip II of Macedon - Alexander the Great's father.
A large number of artefacts were discovered in and around Bulgaria's Thracian tombs, over the years, which provides the most of the insight on their life and culture, as they had no known written language and left no enduring records.

The precious find is now on display at the Archeology Museum in the capital Sofia.



 
                       

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