9 August 2022 The Future is the Product of the Past

7 Gold Pendants Found Buried by Ancient Scandinavian Elites as a Sacrifice to the Gods

7 gold necklaces were found in a field near the Norwegian municipality of Østfold County Rade. Researchers believe that these pendants were buried as part of a sacrificial act in the 6th century.

The first four gold pendants were discovered by a metal detectorist, while the last three were discovered by archaeologists from the University of Oslo during a follow-up dig.

These artifacts with Scandinavian gods and stylized animal figures are known as “bracteates”. Bracteate is a thin one-sided gold medal used quite often in the Roman period (4th and 6th centuries).

To date, researchers have discovered approximately 900 bracteates, 160 of which have been discovered in Norway. The objects are unique to Scandinavia, but some have been discovered in Germany and England, probably as northern imports.

The gold bracteates served as a status symbol for sixth-century Scandinavian elites. (Margrete F. Simonsen / Cultural History Museum)
The gold bracteates served as a status symbol for sixth-century Scandinavian elites. (Margrete F. Simonsen / Cultural History Museum)

The pendants were undoubtedly part of a generous donation, or sacrifice, to the gods, according to archaeologists. They were dated to the 6th century, a few hundred years before the Viking Age began.

“There is little doubt that these were items connected to aristocratic communities within a Germanic elite in Scandinavia,” said the team of archaeologists in a recent blog post on Science Norway.

Only those of high social standing and wealth could afford such a lavish sacrifice.

Archaeologists from the University of Oslo Museum of Cultural History led the excavation: Jessica Leigh McGraw, Margrete Figenschou Simonsen, and Magne Samdal.

Considering they’ve spent over a thousand years in clay earth, the pendants are in amazing condition. This is due to the fact that gold does not corrode. They are, though, very delicate. The gold has a high purity, which makes it soft and bendable.

Banner
Related Post

4,400 Years Old Shaman Snake Staff Found in Finland

29 June 2021

29 June 2021

A very well-preserved 4,400-year-old Shaman Snake Staff made of wood has been found in Finland. The “Snake Staff” found is...

‘Australia’s silk road’: the quarries of Mithaka Country dating back 2100 years

4 April 2022

4 April 2022

In Queensland’s remote Channel Country of red dirt and gibber rock, traditional owners and archaeologists have unearthed what researchers have...

Oldest Recorded Gynecological Treatment

7 February 2021

7 February 2021

In their latest research, scientists have come across a treatment practice in a mummy from 4000 years ago, as written...

Metal Scraps were Used İnstead of Money in Bronze Age Europe

8 May 2021

8 May 2021

Bronze scrap uncovered in hoards in Europe was used as currency, according to researchers from the Universities of Göttingen and...

First European farmers’ heights did not meet expectations

9 April 2022

9 April 2022

A combined study of genetics and skeletal remains shows that the switch from primarily hunting, gathering and foraging to farming...

A mosaic made by the freed slave to thank God was found in the church excavation

10 January 2022

10 January 2022

During the season excavation of the 6th-century Holy Apostles Church, located in an orange grove in the Arsuz district of...

Researchers believe mass immigration to Orkney during the Bronze Age was mostly led by women

8 February 2022

8 February 2022

Researchers believe mass immigration to Orkney during the Bronze Age was mostly led by women.  Mass migration to Orkney during...

New Museum being Built for the Stolen Goddess Cybele in Western Turkey

12 June 2021

12 June 2021

A marble statue of the Anatolian mother goddess Cybele, which was returned to its native home of Turkey’s Afyonkarahisar will...

In Turkey’s western Uşak province, 2,000-year-old statues have been unearthed

19 December 2021

19 December 2021

During the excavations in the ancient city of Blaundos in the Ulubey district of Uşak, two statues of 2000 years...

Climate has influenced the growth of our bodies and our brain

8 July 2021

8 July 2021

Over 300 fossils from the genus Homo have been measured for body and brain size by an interdisciplinary team of...

1,800 Years Old Woman Sculpture in the Ancient City of Metropolis

16 June 2021

16 June 2021

On 12 June, Turkish officials announced the discovery of an 1800-year-old statue of a woman in Izmir. An 1800-year-old statue...

3,200-Year-Old Temple Mural of Spider God in Peru

25 March 2021

25 March 2021

Archaeologists in northern Peru have discovered a 3200-year-old mural. The mural was painted on the side of an ancient adobe...

In the ancient city of Syedra: a unique mosaic with the 12 labors of Heracles depicted on a single panel found

25 July 2022

25 July 2022

During the excavations in the ancient city of Syedra in the Alanya district of Antalya, approximately 164 square meters of...

Medieval Ring with a Skull Emblem Found in Wales and The Gold Coins are Declared Treasure

11 April 2021

11 April 2021

Located in wales nine treasure finds dating from the medieval and post-medieval periods have been declared treasure. Metal detectors in...

Oil drilling uncovers a 2,000-year-old cemetery with giant Urn-like tombs in Southwest Iran

16 July 2022

16 July 2022

An ancient cemetery with urn-like tombs was discovered in Ahvaz, the capital city of Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran. The...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.