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Archaeologists Strike Gold In Secret Spot (Norway)
Aftenposten ^ | 12-20-2004

Posted on 12/21/2004 4:19:03 PM PST by blam

Archaeologists strike gold in secret spot

Eleven small, golden reliefs have been unearthed at an archaeological dig somewhere in eastern Norway. Officials won't say where, because they think more of the 1,400-year-old gold objects will be found at the site.

Professor Heid Gjøstein Resi with one of the small gold reliefs found in eastern Norway.

PHOTO: ARASH A. NEJAD

The most intact object found in October depicts a couple, maybe the mythological figures Frøy and Gerd.

PHOTO: ARASH A. NEJAD

"This is a tremendously unique and exciting discovery, the kind an archaeologist makes only once in a lifetime," professor Heid Gjøstein Resi told newspaper Aftenposten. Resi, who's tied to the Oslo museum housing Viking treasures (the Oldsakssamlingen at the Kulturhistorisk Museum), has been leading the excavation where the gold objects were found.

They were first unearthed in October, before digging was forced to stop for the winter. Resi said they found on the excavation's first day, and the thrill intensified when no less than 10 more were found later.

The archaeologists call the small reliefs gullgubber, which basically translates to "golden old men." That's because the first of their kind found in Scandinavia depicted men with beards, even though those found this fall depict a man and a woman.

They date from 600-700 AD, are only about 1.1 centimeters in size and are believed to have been used as a form of payment or offering at rituals. The last ones found in Norway were unearthed at Borg on Lofoten in the 1980s. They also were found under Mæhre Church in Trøndelag in the 1960s and at Klepp in Rogaland in the 1800s.

The biggest collection, around 2,300, was found on the Danish island of Bornholm. The so-called gulgubber also have been found in Sweden.

Archaeologists will resume digging at the site in the spring, and its location is expected to be made public next year.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: archaeologists; archaeology; ggg; godsgravesglyphs; gold; history; norway; secret; spot; strike; vikings

1 posted on 12/21/2004 4:19:04 PM PST by blam
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping.


2 posted on 12/21/2004 4:20:52 PM PST by blam
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To: blam
Everytime I am in a rush to get out of the sauna, I lose my cuff-links.

I just want to know how I can get them back.
3 posted on 12/21/2004 4:39:36 PM PST by atchoo
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To: blam

They would still have been pagans at the time.

In fact, terrorists raiding the coasts of England? Or was that later?


4 posted on 12/21/2004 4:39:49 PM PST by squarebarb
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To: squarebarb

The first Viking raid on the British Isles was in 789.


5 posted on 12/21/2004 4:50:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: blam

Remarkable workmanship! It helps put the Viking civilization in context -- blunting our view of the "savages" which we get by being on the recieving end of their raids. Great posts today!


6 posted on 12/21/2004 5:11:24 PM PST by JimSEA ( "More Bush, Less Taxes.")
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To: squarebarb
These things are probably in Scandinavia as a result of trade across along traditional trade routes to the Black Sea and the Middle East.

Western Europe at the time was still a rat hole. No self-respecting Scandinavian raider would sully himself with a raid in that impoverished, desolate wasteland.

7 posted on 12/21/2004 5:14:31 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: squarebarb

Vikings were not terrorists. They were just on a cruise that went bad. It's not their fault. They're victims because they didn't get to write the PC history. They were just there to buck up the Brits to stand up to the French.


8 posted on 12/21/2004 5:17:40 PM PST by Paladin2 (SeeBS News - We Decide, We Create, We Report - In that order! - ABC - Already Been Caught)
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To: JimSEA
"Great posts today!"

Thanks, good to hear from you. Merry Christmas to you and the missus.

9 posted on 12/21/2004 5:22:48 PM PST by blam
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To: JimSEA
This is pre-Viking. So no cudoes to "Viking Civilization". They had to first develop a better boat to move out of the coastal fjords and the raiding way of life. That happened along about the 8th century (700's) with the arrival of the "longship" which was very seaworthy and had a tremendous cargo-carrying capacity.

There had been a regular trade in slaves along the inland traderoutes to the Black Sea for centuries, so these pieces could very well have been produced by a Greek or Levantine goldsmith purchased somewhere on the Danish coast.

The Scandinavians didn't take over these trade routes until the 900s when they became the "Russ".

10 posted on 12/21/2004 5:24:24 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: blam

And to think that it all ended in lutefisk!


11 posted on 12/21/2004 5:45:09 PM PST by Grut
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To: blam

Are they up on Ebay yet ?


12 posted on 12/21/2004 5:48:22 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now !)
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To: blam

She's cute. Looks like they are holding hands.


13 posted on 12/21/2004 9:19:19 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: blam

Looks like Freddy Flinstone and Wilma.


14 posted on 12/21/2004 9:22:29 PM PST by Eastbound ("Neither a Scrooge nor a Patsy be")
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To: blam

I think Oslo teenagers lick these things at raves.


15 posted on 12/21/2004 9:22:58 PM PST by dagnabbit (Defeat George Bush's Dishonest Amnesty Scheme. No Mexico Merger. No Global Labor Market.)
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To: muawiyah

This was getting close to the Islamic Golden Age, ironically what really helped bring Europe into the modern world by translating scientific texts of the Greeks etc.

The Church kept their copies hidden from view.

Europe really was backwards at this time, and it is ironic that it was the Muslim contact that helped them become more advanced, while now it is the Muslims who are backwards.


16 posted on 12/21/2004 9:35:26 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the decayed feeling...which thinks nothing worth war, is worse." -Mill)
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To: muawiyah

With the ulama basically suppressing Islamic itjihad and inquiry since basically the 1700's...


17 posted on 12/21/2004 9:36:19 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the decayed feeling...which thinks nothing worth war, is worse." -Mill)
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To: rwfromkansas
In the 500s and 600s the "Church" barely existed and certainly wasn't in the business of hiding anything. Remember, the Dark Ages began in 538, Western Europe had a tremendous population crash, the economy failed, and the first guys to come out of it lived in Mecca!~

Western Europe was to be pretty much a dump for the next 500 years!

18 posted on 12/22/2004 4:25:31 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: rwfromkansas
Make that since 1000AD. That's when they froze the Sharia (Law). Shortly afterward the Seljuk Turks began conquest of the Islamic Caliphate changing it's character forever.

Our friends the Scanderhoovians were still pretty much pagan right up to near modern times. The last Viking King was cremated in the ancient ceremonies on the Volga in the mid 1700s for example.

It's not surprising to see the Scanderhoovians in the most recently civilized areas of Sweden, Finland and Norway retreat into paganism which they now call secularism. The return of human sacrifice is probably quite near.

19 posted on 12/22/2004 4:29:30 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: JimSEA
blunting our view of the "savages" which we get by being on the recieving end of their raids. Great posts today!

I know, my Norwegian great-grandparents and my Irish grand-parents are at war within me. :)

20 posted on 12/22/2004 4:47:13 AM PST by WritableSpace
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To: muawiyah
" Remember, the Dark Ages began in 538, Western Europe had a tremendous population crash, the economy failed,"

Yup. Labor costs sky rocketed and some think this period sowed the seeds for the Magna Carta.

21 posted on 12/22/2004 6:59:41 AM PST by blam
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To: muawiyah

Well, actually, the latest books I have read make a strong argument that while the "gates of itjihad," were closed thanks to Ghazali etc. that early, the societies themselves were still very open to science and technology for quite awhile. Philosophy got killed off almost immediately, however.

Thanks for the info on the Vikings....have not really studied them.


22 posted on 12/22/2004 12:25:05 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the decayed feeling...which thinks nothing worth war, is worse." -Mill)
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To: muawiyah

good point about the caliphate though.


23 posted on 12/22/2004 12:25:53 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("War is an ugly thing, but...the decayed feeling...which thinks nothing worth war, is worse." -Mill)
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To: blam; FairOpinion; Ernest_at_the_Beach; SunkenCiv; 24Karet; 3AngelaD; 4ConservativeJustices; ...
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24 posted on 12/22/2004 10:25:25 PM PST by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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25 posted on 12/23/2004 11:59:04 AM PST by Bellflower (A NEW DAY IS COMING!)
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26 posted on 01/24/2006 10:30:15 PM PST by SunkenCiv (In the long run, there is only the short run.)
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