Bronze Age Finds at Ullerslev

29. May 2019 |

Spectacular Detector Finds from the Bronze Age Indicate the Outlines of a Sacred Landscape at Ullerslev.

On 23 December 2018, two brothers, Mathias Kaas and Martin Pedersen found the first parts of a votive from the Early Bronze Age 2018, when scanning a field with a metal detector. Over Christmas and New Year, several things turned up. There was an entire axe and parts of at least five speartips, the remnants of a dagger, a chisel and several pieces of bronze from women’s jewellery in the form of two belt plates (not unlike the one on the Egtved Girl) and a necklace.
All the objects were found within a delimited area and can all be dated to the same phase of the Bronze Age - c.1400-1500 BC. By all appearances, they were votives. In the Bronze Age, it was quite common to offer gifts to the higher powers – often in lakes or bogs.

Outlines of a sacred landscape

On Thursday 14 November, Østfyns Museer carried out an excavation at the site where the artefacts were found.
“We have confirmed that the find comes from an ancient wetland area or bog. Together with the new find, an older find of two gold rings in the adjacent field may indicate the outlines of a sacred Bronze Age landscape, of which the distinctive Holemose may have been the centre,” says the archaeologist, Malene Refshauge Beck from Østfyns Museer.
“At Ullerslev, we have now found: an entire axe, parts of at least five spear tips, a chisel, the blade of a dagger, parts of two belt plates, parts of a necklace and a few artefacts, which we have not yet identified.”

Exciting for several reasons

“The Ullerslev find is exciting for several reasons. For one thing, this type of votive only turns up from time to time. Being able to conduct an archaeological survey on site can reveal more about the context to which the find belonged and gives archaeologists the opportunity to search for new knowledge.

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