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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…

Grave of warrior of significant importance found in Caucasus mountains


A pendant made from a gold coin from Sinope displaying Athena on one side. 

The grave of a male warrior of significant importance was discovered in a hard to reach area, about 2,600 feet above sea level in the Caucasus mountains, near the town of Mezmay at Caucasus mountains of Russia.  The burial took place approximately 2200 years ago.

The Caucasus Mountains in Russia

The body of the warrior was encased with a wooden coffin of which fractions remained and he was honored by including numerous gold jewelry and placing his 36 inches (91 cm) sword adorned with gold attachments on his body, among other weapons of which one is an iron ax and another an arrow. These weapons likely belonged to or were used by him. His tribe also sacrificed three horses, a cow and wild boar to add to the grave.

One of the two helmets found

Among the finds are several pieces of pottery, a bronze mirror and two bronze helmets which displays carvings of sheep horns and random shapes.


A gold sword fitting

Gold-working skills were highly appreciated in that era and a noteworthy artifact is a gold fibula-brooch decorated with a clear colored, rock crystal, positioned centrally with dimensions of 2.3 by 1.9 inches  (5.8 by 4.8 centimeters), layered and covered in masterfully crafted decorations.


Gold fibula with centered crystal

Belongings of the warrior: Pottery, an axe and bronze mirror

 
                       

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