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21.12.2020

Treasure from Duesminde

The 2002 find had about 50 silver coins, mostly buckles, lanyards and pendants. There was a total of 1.3 kilograms of silver. Most of the silver objects were made in the Frankish kingdom during the period 820-870 AD. Our era. However, some of the objects were made in Scandinavia between 850-950 AD. This is confirmed by the ornamentation. The composition of the hoard and the dating of the individual pieces show that it must have been buried in the mid 900s or later. At some point in recent times the hoard was hit by a plow. Thus, the objects were scattered over an area of 10 x 15 meters. In the Viking Age, burying silver hoards was commonplace. Several examples from Denmark are known. An unusual feature of the Dusminda find is that it consists of fine silver weapons of the Frankish kingdom. Such objects have never been found in such high concentration in Europe! It is not known who buried the treasure and why. Perhaps it was a wealthy man who wanted to protect his valuables, or the treasure represents the metal inventory of a silversmith or traveling merchant.

 

 

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