Featured Image: Gold foil from the Aska mound (Wikipedia | Bjorn Falkevik | Public Domain). If you travel up north along lake Vattern, you may pass the hamlet of Hagebyhöga near Aska. Already in 2014, the archaeologist suspected the mound there might be an important site. Excavations finally took place in the summer of 2020. And indeed, they revealed a large hall from the seventh century. The hall stood on top of the mound until the ninth century, until they took it down with care, and very neatly. About 22 gold foil figures are among the discovered objects on the Aska mound. These are called ‘guldgubber’ (in Swedish) or little old man of gold. These small foils show up all around Scandinavia around the start of the Viking Age. Often, they pop up in post holes of chieftain’s halls. The foils from the Aska mound show a relief of an embracing couple. Whether they represent a god and goddess, or an elite couple who lived in the hall, is unclear as is the purpose of …
In the The Mystery of the Viking Age Helmet, I describe the Viking Age helmet in the Staffordshire. An early helmet that is, as the hoard is dated to the 6th-7th century. The Staffordshire hoard is now quite famous and has a wonderful web site and display at the museum. A further promotional approach to the hoard, is the creation of a huge statue. Read more about it in an interesting article on ArchaeoDeath blog.
The first discovery of Elder Futhark runes in Central Europe.
So much being said and written about The Dig! Amazing. Is this hyping for the sake of hyping when news is slow? I like the following pieces: Bede, The Dig and Sutton Hoo (BL blog), Inside The Dig (BM blog), and the four blog posts professor Howard Williams has already devoted to the movie.
It’s Wednesday again and it’s terribly quiet online about Viking Age discoveries. But here is a nice update, though. Remember the double ship burial in Trøndelag, Norway in November 2019? Here is a brief summary in ‘Sailing the Viking Seas‘ in Archaeology Magazine of March/April 2020.
A double boat grave found in Vinjeøra in Trøndelag.