Seven Brooches in Kaga

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This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Tuesday 10 April.

Our Kaga site was very good to us today as well. 26 person-hours of metal detecting, six 1st Millennium brooches: four small equal-armed of the later 6th century, one disc-shaped with inlay socket of the 6/7th century, and part of a 5th century large equal-armed relief brooch. The latter has non-animal-art decoration in the Nydam style, a rare and exclusive piece of jewellery, fits nicely with the foil figure model. Also a High Medieval annular brooch. I’m crap at metal detecting: found only a piece of typically ugly late-1st Millennium pottery by eye and a 17th century coin. But I’m happy anyway. Lovely site!

After finishing in Kaga we went to Varv in a beautiful sunny evening, metal-detected for eight person-hours around a classic find-spot and found jack shit. Took a look at the village churchyard, abandoned in the 1850s when the Medieval church was torn down (bastards!). Cool to see a churchyard untouched since then, all tussocks and leaning headstones, none of the boring 20th century ones that dominate active rural churchyards.

Close-up pix below the fold.
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Kaga Gold Foil Figure Model

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This entry was first published over the cell-phone network on my old site, without pix, on Monday 9 April.

This morning I woke up in an unexpected and not very welcome winter wonderland. Driving the 2.5 hours to Linköping on summer tyres was scary. But the snow was gone by lunch. An icy wind persisted.

I’m writing this from the kitchen of a little house we’re renting at the hostel in Mjölby. Today my crew of six did 27 person-hours of metal detecting at our site in Kaga parish, collecting about a hundred objects, most dating from the past three centuries. Only one can be dated before AD 1100, which would be a big disappointment but for one thing. We have found something extremely rare and unbeatably relevant to my research!
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