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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…

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

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 decorative, but functional as they do not interconnect. They may have been used to hold hard or stiff material instead of a suspension chain or braided textile. The lack of rivet holes to attach an element may mean that it was glued on to the material which is a unique feature.
The design of the eyes and square-ended jaw as well is the decorative beaded wire "oculus motif" seen on the front of the head is consistent with a 9th-century date. 


                       

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