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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…

Mycenaean warrior's burial place with incredibly valuable artifacts discovered in Greece

One of the gold rings discovered in the tomb

A bronze age tomb of a Mycenaean warrior dating back to around 1450 BC was discovered in an olive grove near the ancient city Pylos, southwest Greece.
The grave was inside a stone chamber and the body was buried in a wooden coffin. The skeleton of an adult male was found completely intact. The importance and wealth of this warrior is noted by the large number of objects buried with him.  Among the discovered items are weapons, gold and silver jewels and precious artifacts providing an interesting new insight into history.

The inscribed seal stone

From the size and properties of the skeleton, it was concluded that the warrior was aged in his 30's and had a height of 5.5 feet (1.7m). Several ivory combs may suggest that he had long hair and an ivory mirror that he was attentive to his appearance.
It was difficult at first to determine the date which the burial took place.  Pottery is ideal for dating purposes, but this tomb contained none. However, further finds were made in close proximity of the grave which included pottery fragments and the date was then determined to be around 1450 BC which was the time that the Mycenaeans, from mainland Greece, defeated the Minoans.

The warrior's grave with a sword

Some of the very noteworthy artifacts include a Minoan sealstone which has been named the Pylos Combat Agate. It is 1.4 inches (3.6 cm) in length and has a uniquely carved combat scene on a limestone, of a warrior in the battle against two enemies, one being killed and the other already defeated. Four signet gold rings inscribed with images from the Minoan mythology was also found.

The discovery of Minoan items suggests a cultural exchange between the Mycenaeans and Minoans during those days.

 
                       

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