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Prince wrapped in a bearskin

In the first half of the 4th century AD, one of the most powerful princes from Zealand in Denmark died. The prince was buried with vessels made of bronze and silver, as well as exquisite glass. He wore a heavy gold torque around his neck, and two gold rings.

He also wore a sturdy belt with a cross strap, and a signal horn with silver mountings was laid at his side. Both items show that he belonged to the military elite and that he had the command of many men. In order to prevent boredom in the afterlife, he was also provided with gaming pieces.

His strength and power were emphasized by the fact that he was wrapped in a bearskin. Perhaps he had gained the spirit of the bear while still alive.

The claws are the only remain of the bearskin.

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