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Arm rings of gold

Throughout the Bronze Age objects of great value were deposited in the soil. These were gifts to the higher powers and sometimes they were of gold. The objects may have been used in religious processions and rituals before they were removed from the world of men. Among the deposited objects we find arm rings of gold. Like the other sacrificial finds from the Bronze Age, they were deposited in lakes, bogs, wells and hills or beside large stones. These arm rings constitute some of the most important finds of the Bronze Age, and they were made in many variations in both bronze and gold. In the cases where arm rings are found in graves, they are usually men’s graves. We must therefore also assume that it was men who wore them. The Bronze Age arm rings are usually worn in appearance, indicating that they were used a lot.

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