A resident of Denmark discovered a unique gold jewelry of the 11th century. Previously, such artifacts were not found in Northern Europe. This was reported by the press service of the National Museum of Denmark.
An amateur archaeologist found on the territory of modern Denmark a gold earring that dates back to the 11th century. Preliminary research has shown that it belonged to a Viking. The decoration, in turn, could be personally presented to the warrior by the emperor of Byzantium. The earring comes from Byzantium or Egypt, made in the same technique as the Dagmarkorset cross. Let us remind you that this is a Byzantine reliquary cross of the 11th or 12th centuries, made of gold with cloisonné enamel. Traditionally believed to have belonged to Queen Dagmar, it is now housed in the National Museum of Denmark.
In West Jutland in Beuling County, 54-year-old amateur archaeologist Frants Vestergaard used a metal detector to find a small gold earring in the middle of a field. The find was estimated by scientists from the National Museum of Denmark. It turned out that the find belongs to the XI century. It is noteworthy that researchers know about the existence of only 10-12 such artifacts in the whole world. At the same time, such objects have not been found in Scandinavia before.
The fact is that the Vikings rarely brought jewelry from travel and raids; they were often interested in silver coins. The earring was made of a sickle-shaped gold plate and decorated with gold threads, grains and half rings. This type of jewelry is especially famous in Muslim Egypt and Syria, as well as in Byzantium and Russia. The decoration was found in a region near which there were no known Viking settlements. Scientists are still wondering how it got there, but the National Museum of Denmark has suggested that it may have been owned by a Viking. The warrior was in the service of the Byzantine emperor, who personally presented an earring to his guard.