Revninge-figure on the Top Ten-list of the Danish Agency for Culture

19. January 2015 | Vikingemuseum Ladby

Revninge-kvinden. Forgyldt sølvfigur fra 800-tallet.

At the end of 2014, the Danish Agency for Culture released its Top Ten-list of archaeological finds made during the year. On the prestigious list of the best finds of the year, the Revninge-figure is named, found by Paul Uniacke in early summer in Revninge, a few miles from Ladby, and delivered to the Viking Museum Ladby. The little but significant figure is in fine company, for example with Stone Age-footprints from the mud of the Femern tunnel-project, and with Denmark’s 5th Trelleborg (circular Viking fort). 

The finding of the Revninge-figure was considered a full-blown sensation in May/June of last year. The find showed up in headlines in national and international media. It can be dated to the 800’s AD and is 4.6 cm (almost 2 inches) high, of gilded silver.

Small human figures from the Viking period are extremely rare, and the clothing shown on the Revninge-figure is unusually detailed; it will undoubtedly add to the discussion about what Viking clothing looked like, among other details. The figure contributes, therefore, in the finest way, to continued research into the Viking period in Denmark.

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