Sunday, 12 March 2023

Vindelev Hoard - oldest reference to Odin

A hoard of finely worked and decorated golden medallions dating to the 6th century AD was uncovered in Denmark in 2020. Found at Vindelev, the hoard contains 22 gold objects: decorated gold discs called bracteates, Roman coins that had been worked into pendants, and gold jewellery. The find was made by a metal-detectorist. One gold coin dates from the reign of Constantine (306-337), about 200 years before the gold objects are thought to have been buried.
Odin is referred to as 'The High One'. Hoards of this type are associated with a turbulent period of famine in Northern Europe and may be votive offerings.