Thursday, 9 September 2021

Danish detectorist lands huge gold hoard

Schytz stumbled across 22 pieces of gold treasure, weighing just over two pounds. It had been buried for some 1,500 years.Ole Ginnerup Schytz was using a metal detector for the first time when he found a cache of 6th century gold jewelry in a field near the town of Jelling in Denmark.
Roman emperor Constantine
Much of the treasure are bracteates, a flat thin medallion with engravings on one side that was common in northern Europe around 375–568. The jewelry is decorated with runes, magical symbols, and religious imagery such as the Norse god Odin, all reflecting delicate craftsmanship of the highest order. Women would have worn the amulets for protection.Odin
Experts believe the gold hoard was buried around the time of a large volcanic eruption in the year 536, which triggered widespread crop failures and famine in Scandinavia. Gold discoveries date to this period, likely because the items were sacrificed to the gods by a people desperate to have the sun shine again.