Tobias Bondesson has kindly sent me photographs of several interesting finds, taken during our recent fieldwork with the heavy dudes of the Gothenburg Historical Society. With his permission, I’ve inserted them into the relevant blog entries:

Tobias has also opened my eyes to Nordisk Detektorforum, an on-line discussion forum and image database for (mainly Danish) detectorists. These guys are responsible, keen and hugely knowledgeable. One user, for instance, identified a coin we found as struck for a 12th century Archbishop of Cologne, but another one made a suggestion that seems more likely, viz that we’re dealing with the last or second-to-last Count of Katlenburg in the later 11th century.


  1. #1 Pierre
    April 13, 2008

    Very nice finds!! And good pics! Do you know what sort of aristocracy this finds represent? Are they conected to the royal families or noblemen or what?

  2. #2 Martin R
    April 14, 2008

    We haven’t got enough sites to sort them into levels like “noblemen” vs. “royals” etc. But our site in Kaga has metalworking, a gold-foil figure die, fine copper-alloy jewellery, a Tuna place name and a great barrow. So to me it looks like a top-level site of the later 6th century. No solidi or other gold that would indicate a similar status in the 5th century, but then, there are no solidi whatsoever from Östergötland.

  3. #3 Felicia
    April 14, 2008

    Wasn´t some early medieval kings from Kaga?

  4. #4 Martin R
    April 14, 2008

    Indeed. The Sverker dynasty, whose first Swedish king Sverker I was elected in 1130, had a power base (part of a huge land estate for which only tantalising bits of documentation survives) in Kaga. Sverker I was king of Östergötland for some time before 1130. But my project treats an earlier period.

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