Historical knowledge

Amber amulets?

Pendants could be made of amber. The large drop-shaped pieces, that are most commonly found in Jutland, are especially showy. These have holes bored in them, so they can be worn on a string. However, it is not clear whether it was men or women who wore them, or perhaps both. Their purpose is also unclear. The golden pendants may have functioned as protective amulets, like other amulets from the Mesolithic period. Some of the amber jewellery is decorated with incised patterns, such as netting, or in a rare case stylised human figures.

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