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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…

Thomas Cromwell's 'love ring' discovered by treasure hunter banked £35,000

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A beautiful gold 15th Century ring was found by a metal detectorist near Laude Abbey in Leicestershire. It was found on the land which was owned by the late Thomas Cromwell, who was Henry VIII's advisor.


The striking piece of jewelry represents an early example of a love ring, worn by the wife of married partners, the bond between them symbolized with two natural gems embedded on the front and surrounded by a decoration which may be the representation of flower petals. 
The sides are engraved with leaf patterns.  The dimensions are 19 mm in diameter and 10 mm wide at bezel with a weight of 5.71 grams.  The land where the ring was discovered is now a Christian retreat and conference center and the finder was privileged to receive permission to search the area.



In historical days, the land was initially owned by wealthy Augustinian Priory since the 12th century.  Thomas Cromwell was surveying for land to settle on and found the location with its stunning surroundings impressive. He took…

Interesting early Medieval golden fitting discovered in North Yorkshire declared a treasure

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A gold fitting dating back to the Early Medieval times (AD 800 - AD 900) which was discovered by a metal detectorist in a cultivated farm field in Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been declared a treasure.

It was noted that this find is interesting and to some extent unidentified, as no identical object has ever been discovered before and believed to be a fitting as it features a suspension loop, however, the exact use has not been determined.  Made mainly of pure gold with two blue glass studs representing eyes with a length of 22.5 mm and weight of 3.72 g.
The item has been designed to represent an animal head and made with skilled craftsmanship in a three-dimensional form with the top of the suspension loop attachment concealed by the jaw.
The exact function of this remarkable fitting is a mystery although similar known objects dating back to mid-to-late 9th century Anglo-Saxon exists. 
The ears of this golden animal fittings are quite exceptional which seems to be intended not to be dec…

109 year old fruit cake in its original packaging belonging to Robert Falcon Scott found

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A fruitcake dating back to 1910, still neatly wrapped in paper and in its original metal tin packaging has been found.
It is believed that the cake was brought to Antarctica by British Royal Navy Captain, Robert Falcon Scott.
In 1910 he embarked on an expedition named Terra Nova, otherwise known as the British Antarctic Research for the purpose of scientific and geographical exploration. In documentation about the expedition, it mentions the exact same brand of fruit cake from Huntley & Palmers as the one which was found.


Manager of the Antartic Heritage Trust, Lizzie Meek, describes the cake as extremely well preserved, even though the metal tin containing it has deteriorated. It has just a very slight rancid butter smell, but other than that smells and looks edible. 
Alcohol and sugar are both natural preservatives and the extremely cold climate have assisted in preventing it to spoil.


It is also known that explorers of the Antartic region in present days like to take fruit cake alon…