Wednesday, December 25, 2019

A Votive Deposit from Bronze Age Denmark

From The History Blog:
An archaeological survey at the site of a planned gravel pit expansion in Kallerup, Denmark, this February unearthed an exceedingly rare grouping of Bronze Age artifacts: a man wearing a horned helmet, a large ceremonial axe and two horse-headed snake figures. They were made of bronze about 3,000 years ago.
The figure has two faces, Janus-like, and is unique in Danish archaeology. It is fitted with a slot for a pole in the bottom, perhaps for carrying it in processions.

Continuing to explore the site, the archaeologists found more objects, so they just dug up the whole block of soil and took it to their laboratory for careful excavation.

Where they exposed this amazing ceremonial ax. What a wonderful array of stuff.

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