Historical knowledge

The sacrifice

The objects from Gallemose were found in what is now an overgrown bog. At the time when the bronze items were deposited it was a lake of open water. The sacrifice was made at least 50 metres from the lake shore, so the owners of the bronze hoard probably rowed out there in a boat to give their valuables to the higher powers. This may have been part of a ceremonial feast. This kind of offering in wetland areas, lakes and bogs was widespread in the Bronze Age.

Votive deposit of two sets of women's jewellery found in a bog at Vognserup Enge near Holbæk. Belt ornaments, together with other accessories, were an important part of women's fashion in the Bronze Age.

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