Seven Brooches in Kaga


This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Tuesday 10 April.

Our Kaga site was very good to us today as well. 26 person-hours of metal detecting, six 1st Millennium brooches: four small equal-armed of the later 6th century, one disc-shaped with inlay socket of the 6/7th century, and part of a 5th century large equal-armed relief brooch. The latter has non-animal-art decoration in the Nydam style, a rare and exclusive piece of jewellery, fits nicely with the foil figure model. Also a High Medieval annular brooch. I’m crap at metal detecting: found only a piece of typically ugly late-1st Millennium pottery by eye and a 17th century coin. But I’m happy anyway. Lovely site!

After finishing in Kaga we went to Varv in a beautiful sunny evening, metal-detected for eight person-hours around a classic find-spot and found jack shit. Took a look at the village churchyard, abandoned in the 1850s when the Medieval church was torn down (bastards!). Cool to see a churchyard untouched since then, all tussocks and leaning headstones, none of the boring 20th century ones that dominate active rural churchyards.

Close-up pix below the fold.





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  1. #1 Carl
    April 16, 2007

    Congrats on your great finds, I didn’t believe that ÷stergŲtland could be so fruitful.

    The first century findings makes Swedish antiquity suddenly very cool. It feels like it was Mayans living here then, considering the exotic finds.

  2. #2 Martin R
    April 16, 2007

    Thanks! Yes, the relief brooch does look a bit like Mayan stone reliefs.

  3. #3 Leslie Spitz-Edson
    April 17, 2007

    Congratulations! They are beautiful! I wonder… do you know how these would have been worn, and by whom? Would they have been worn by women in the manner of the oval brooches from the viking times?

  4. #4 Martin R
    April 17, 2007

    Thank you!

    I believe the small equal-armed ones were worn pairwise at the clavicles in the manner of Viking Period tortoise brooches. In some cases, two different brooches were worn, including such as the disc-shaped one.

    The relief brooch was worn under your chin, closing your outher garment, shawl or cloak. I don’t know how the annular brooch was worn — it’s after my period.

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