Skip to comments.Exhibition: How Barbarian Loot Wound Up In The Rhine (German)
Posted on 02/17/2008 7:55:29 PM PST by pierrem15
Exihibition in Bonn concerning loot plundered from Gaul by the Alemanni found in the Rhine (more than 1000 objects). This event is dated fairly exactly to the mid-third century by Roman records of a great defeat of Germans trying to get back to Germany after plundering Gaul. Apparently the Roman Army caught them in mid-stream, burdened with plunder. Bet it sucked to be them that day.
Story in German.
Gosh, that stuff is almost perfectly preserved. Click on the article picture to see more pictures of the loot.
Ping to you both.
No way that picture is of the actual site. Are we supposed to buy the idea that this stuff has just sat there in a nice pile, in a river, undisturbed, for 1700 years and still looks like it’s just sitting in somebody’s aquarium? I wouldn’t buy that even if it were in the river since WWII as part of some lost looting booty.
Global warming disturbed the river bottom.
That first pic HAS to be staged. No way an item can lay on the bottom of a river for 1800 years and not be covered with silt.
Yes, I think you’re right. Matter of fact, that looks more like an aquarium tank with a diver in it than the Rhine. But it’s still surprising these objects look so fresh.
It's also possible hat the photo was taken after a water jet was used to excavate.
In any case, the items found are amazing, including the bronze head of a horse cut from a sculpture.
Horse head cut from statue.
it does not look like a silty stream but you would think the stuff would be dispersed- even from fishing activity or anchoring.
So, they picked my pocket and tossed the evidence. No big deal....
bump for later
Personally I’ve always wondered about the ‘lost eagles’ of the legions of Varros.
No one ever found battle sites or discarded weapons that would be expected from a major loss.
On the other hand, they could have like the British soldiers in ‘The Lost Patrol’ where you never see one of the fiendish desert warriors as the patrol is whittled down one by one.
In the article they speculate that the loot that often got lost when the Germans had to cross the Rhine again on their way back, might be the source for the Nibelungen-Rhinegold tale.
Dang, I must’ve missed that. I’ll do a google. Thanks.
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