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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.

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22 Gold plates dating back to the 8th century with divine inscriptions found in Jakarta


The golden plates inside the box they were found in

A group of people discovered 22 gold plates with ancient inscriptions inside a box in  Ringilarik village in Java, Indonesia. 

One of the founders named Sumardi said that when they found it amongst a pile of rocks, it appeared to be a jewelry box which was clearly not of modern age and they were astonished to view the contents.

Mr. Gutomo, an official with the Central Java Heritage Conservation Agency (BPCB)  confirmed that the golden plates date back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and original directions of Dewa Lokapala's windgods is in ancient Javanese letter.


Mahakala statue

He said the founder and landowner will both receive compensation for this valuable discovery which provides insight into ancient history.  
Following the find, the structure of a candi (Buddhist or Hindu temple) was also found at the same location.

Other findings in the area on separate occasions were a Mahakala statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the ninth century, a Nandiswara and four stupas, one which measured 1.5 meters in height and diameter of 1 meter.







 
                       

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