The woman and the belt plate
The time around and after 1400 BCE was a good time in the North, and this was manifested through very rich equipment in the graves, such as bronze and gold.
While a man's high status was marked by the sword or dagger with an ornate handle, the woman's high status was marked by her belt plate. It is precisely at this time that the woman became apparent, because of her jewellery. It has been discussed if the woman's visibility reflects a growing status for herself, or whether the valuable jewellery just marked the man's investment in the woman's adornment. In rich women’s graves we find jewellery and belt plates together with a dagger with an ornate handle (which otherwise belongs to the man's equipment). This could point toward the woman with executive power and status. Rock carvings and small bronze figures from late Bronze Age shows in all cases, the women’s independent role in the performance religious rituals.