Denmark's golden spirals are a mystery to archaeologists

Denmark's golden spirals are a mystery to archaeologists


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Near 2,000 little Bronze Age gold spirals have come to light in Boeslunde in Zealand (Denmark). Archaeologists had never seen anything like it before.

Researchers claim that do not know what they were used for and had never seen them before in Denmark. Archaeologists at the Museum of Zealand and the National Museum of Denmark are faced with a little mystery: about 2,000 three-centimeter-high spirals and fragments of gold spirals dated to the Bronze Age, between 900-700 BC, were found. in the Zeeland region, according to Flemming Kaul of the National Museum of Denmark.

Perhaps the spirals could be used to hold the brim of a cap or an umbrella or perhaps they served as braiding for hair or embroidery for clothing. «The fact is that we do not know, but it is likely that they were part of a king's clothing or a hat"As Flemming Kaul comments.

Kaul has worked with Kirsten Christensen, who is restorer at the Vestsjælland Museum. A couple of years ago, two amateur archaeologists made a great discovery when they found four bangles. This magnificent find soon prompted them to begin a larger excavation in order to find if there was more prehistoric gold hidden at the site, Christensen said.

At first, archaeologists from the Vestsjælland Museum took the spirals to a jewelry store so that they could establish whether they were made of gold and not simply metal.

Archaeologists are not surprised that golden spirals have turned up at Boeslunde as the area is where most gold has been found in Bronze Age Northern Europe. Christensen claims that apart from the four bracelets found in the excavation, six gold rings were found in the same area.

Kaul is also convinced that Boeslunde was a holy place in the Bronze Age where prehistoric people rehearsed rituals and offered gold to deities.

Archaeologists at the National Museum of Denmark and the Vestsjælland Museum believe there is more gold to be found in Boeslunde. The Vestsjælland Museum will continue its research in the area in case there is more gold in Boeslunde.


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