Viking Artifacts

The Vikings are synonymous with Danish ancient history. The National Museum of Denmark houses a few fascinating Viking artifacts. Some of their treasures, ships, weapons and victims are surprisingly well preserved because they tossed everything into peat bogs. The naturally mummified bog bodies are grotesque because of the detail of the corpses dating as early as 1400 BC. Unfortunately there are no photographs available of the bog bodies on display in the National Museum.

Read an interesting article about Danish bog bodies in Discover Magazine.

The dark blond hair of the Arden Woman found in the Bredmose bog in the Parish of Stoarden, Hindstead, Denmark.

The dark blond hair of the Arden Woman found in the Bredmose bog in the Parish of Stoarden, Hindstead, Denmark (Image from Wikipedia).

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The Gundestrup cauldron is a richly decorated silver vessel, thought to date between 200 BC and 300 AD. The cauldron is the largest known example of European Iron Age silver work and it was found in a peat bog.

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These trumpet-like instruments were used only once, for ritualistic purposes, after which it was tossed into a bog.

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