Remnants of Viking elite rediscovered after 100 years in Denmark – fr

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Remnants of Viking elite rediscovered after 100 years in Denmark – fr


TORONTO – The human remains of an elite Viking that were originally discovered in a burial mound in Denmark have been rediscovered after more than 100 years in a misplaced box at the National Museum of Denmark.

A new article in the journal Antiquity details how bones were rediscovered a century later as researchers worked on another Viking Age textile project.

The Viking Age burial mound, known as Bjerringhoj, located in the village of Mammen, Denmark, was originally discovered by a landowner in 1868. After its discovery, local farmers shared the burial items among themselves – which were eventually recovered by scholars and sent to the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

Bjerringhoj contained a wooden chamber sealed with blue clay, and inside the wooden coffin the remains were laid on a layer of down feathers. The deceased wore woolen clothes with gold and silver silk decorations. Two iron axes, one with silver inlay, were placed near the deceased’s feet and long beeswax candles were found on top of the coffin. The burial mound also had two wooden buckets and a bonze kettle inside.

Several bone fragments were inside the coffin, with textile remains of intricate woolen pants and attached to them. The wares suggest the deceased was someone of importance, possibly linked to the royal Jelling dynasty that ruled Denmark, England and Norway, the newspaper said.

A new excavation of the site took place in 1986, where the find was dated to around 970-971 AD – but the bones originally discovered in 1868 could not be found in the museum’s collection. A second search in 2009 also failed to find out where they ended up.

Researchers working on a textile project in 2018 were examining the contents of the box from another burial, known as Slotsbjergy located in Zeeland, and found a second collection of bones that did not appear to fit.

“We opened the box and were puzzled, but soon realized we had solved a mystery. We couldn’t believe our luck, ”lead author Charlotte Rimstad of the National Museum of Denmark said in a statement.

The researchers studied the 11 identifiable bony features and compared them to the original descriptions of the burial mound excavation in 1868, which were detailed in an anatomy report from 1872, the article says.

The article examines how the unique textile evidence from the found bone box supports their claim that the remains are from Bjerringhoj, known for her silk “cape bands” and embroidered woolen fragments.

“We are absolutely sure that we have found and re-identified the human bones of Bjerringhoj,” Rimstad said.

Researchers believe that the individual buried in Bjerringhoj was an adult, and probably a man. The remains have “pronounced muscle insertion sites” indicating that the deceased frequently participated in strenuous physical activity such as horseback riding.

“The sex determination of the bones is still uncertain because we may have two individuals in the burial, but refined DNA analysis methods may tell us more in the future,” said research professor Ulla Mannering of the Museum. Danish national in the Liberation.

The discovery of the bones helps shed light on Viking textile practices, and researchers hope to examine further clues to the dress of Viking elites.

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