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1000 Year Old Egyptian Earring Found


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2 hours ago, Gold Catcher said:

Wow, it’s interesting they are theorizing that either a Dane dropped it who had visited the Mediterranean, or a Viking may have been in possession of it. Very nice find!

And for those who can’t read it:

https://www-dr-dk.translate.goog/nyheder/regionale/midtvest/1000-aar-gammel-egyptisk-oerering-fundet-paa-jysk-mark-undrer-og?_x_tr_sl=auto&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en-US

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Been watching "Vikings". They sure got around, and probably deserve more credit than they get. 😀

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Interesting how an object from Byzantium gets translated as being Egyptian. Since Byzantium was in the northern and eastern Mediterranean 1,000 years ago and Egypt is in Africa that's kind of like saying stuff found in New York is from Canada.

A study of the history of gold granulation techniques might put the date in question as well as the origination. The fact that the faience is still well consolidated after being buried in damp acidic soil is beyond remarkable for it's stated age. Particularly since it has green colored faience glass.

If this were found with a hoard, burial or dated dwelling it might have some associated provenance. Since it was found without period context it could have been dropped at any time in the recent past. Add in the fact that the piece is incomplete it sure appears to have been dropped in a much more recent period than the Viking age. The condition and manufacture certainly don't justify speculation about Viking bodyguards and ancient kings.

It's a beautiful piece and if it really is from the Romanesque period it is very rare. I hope better research will help pin this find's origin down to something more than speculation.

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