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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


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 ownership of the land and started building a new house in 1540, but was never able to enjoy living there, as he was executed that same year.  His son and his wife, Elizabeth Seymour who
was the sister of Henry VIII's third wife Jane Seymour lived on the luxury estate.




As the ring is more than 300 years old and made of precious metal, it was declared a Treasure according to the Treasure Act 1996. Following declaring the ring as a treasure, it was returned to the owner and then put on auction. The initial guide price was £20 000, but bidders were eager to obtain this valuable artifact and the price reached £35000.


                                     

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