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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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Farmer receives €773,000 for discovery of bronze horse head which rewrote history

Front view of the bronze horse head on display

A search of a farmer's land in Lahnau, Germany became very interesting when lots of bronze fragments were uncovered, the trail of buried fragments lead to a 36-foot well in which a bronze horse head, life-sized, weighing 28 pounds, covered with gold and adorned with golden leaves were found. 
The year 9 A.D marked the event of an ambush from German warriors on three legions of Roman soldiers led by general Publius Quinctilius Varus. The Germans destroyed their enemies, the surviving Romans retreated and set up a northern perimeter along the Rhine River. It was believed that prior to this event, Germans and Romans did not live alongside each other and did not trade either. However, along with the bronze horse head, a complete Roman settlement, dating back to 4 B.C, covering approximately 20 acres with no military buildings and no signs of battle, shows that the Romans were living next to and traded peacefully with Germans for years, right up until the Teutoburg defeat. 
It is believed that after the site was abandoned, statues which stood in the settlement may likely have been smashed and recycled for their metal content as fragments of bronze were found scattered across the settlement. 

Side view of the horse head

Metal was very precious in those days, therefore it is assumed that the horse head did not end up in the well by accident but may have been thrown into the well as part of a ritual ceremony and the statue's head was used to cover the sacrificial offering. The bronze horse head is believed to have been apart of a set of 4 life-sized statues, complete with rider, as there were 4 statue pedestals for life-size statues of riders on horses, also, part of a bronze sandal was found nearby. The farmer on whose land the findings were made received €773,000 and the recovered items are now on display at the museum.               

 
                       

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