Rare gold bracteates found at Forneby

A great treasure find has appeared near Forneby in Lolland. It consists of two gold bracts, which are medallions produced in the North and inspired by Roman gold coins. Along with the bracts, a gold ring, a small gold pendant, a twisted silver ring and fragments of a large silver relief fibula, which is a large and richly decorated suit pin, were found. The treasure was found by detector operator Rickey Kruse Pedersen, and it dates to the 400th century possibly - the period archaeologists describe as the older Germanic Iron Age.

The museum has examined the site and found several fragments of the suit pin and a piece of gold from one of the bracts.

The two gold bracts belong to the early types, called A bracts. It is the first time that this type has been found on Lolland. In addition, the motif on the bracts is of a completely new variant, which has not previously been known. The motif is a man's portrait in Byzantine style. Along the pages is a text which appears to be written in Latin letters, but the text makes no sense. Those who made the bracteates had evidently seen the Roman models (or other copies of these) but could not read or understand Latin.

There is no doubt that the objects belonged to someone from the absolute elite of Lolland, and they help to tell the story of Lolland as a rich and powerful factor in the Baltic Sea in the Iron Age.


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