A team of archaeologists working in Boeslunde, Denmark, has found 2,000 spirals made of pure gold from the Bronze Age, their purpose and fabrication remain a true mystery for scholars.
In the last couple of years, researchers have found numerous golden artifacts in the vicinity of Boeslunde, but the latest discovery of the 2000 spirals made of pure gold has puzzled archaeologists. Scholars in Denmark refer to them as the “Golden Enigma.”
The 2000 spirals are made of very pure gold and are forged in a single flat filament which is only 0.1 mm thick, something that has left researchers baffled. Some of the pieces discovered are up to 3 centimeters long and that a weight of 200 and 300 grams. The exact purpose of the spiral remains an enigma and researchers can only guess at this point what they were used for.
Flemming Kaul, the curator of the National Museum of Denmark, believes that the site where the discovery was made, had a significant symbolic weight in antiquity since researchers have found several golden artifacts in the area.
Some researchers believe that some of these artifacts were used for ritual practices and sacrifices in honor of the Sun.
“The sun was one of the most sacred symbols of the Bronze Age and gold had a special meaning back then as it was associated with magic”, says Kaul.
The 200 golden spirals discovered in Boeslunde are believed to date back to 900 and 700 BC. With this latest discovery, researchers can say that it is the area where most of the jewelry and gold artifacts have been recovered in terms of pure weight, of the Bronze Age in Northern Europe, making Denmark a very important archaeological area since many people from the Bronze age decided to sacrifice great amounts of gold in the area.
Researchers are baffled by the composition of pure gold of the spirals and their thickness and wonder just how ancient man was able to create such “perfection” in the distant past?
Mr. Kaul said: “Maybe the spirals have been attached to cords which have served as a small fringe on a hat or a parasol. Perhaps they have been braided into the hair or been embroidered on the suit. The fact is that we do not know, but I tend to believe they were part of a priest king’s costume or headwear.”
What are your thoughts? Why do you think ancient man created the spirals? And what were they sued for? Were they intended for religious and sacrificial ceremonies, or is it possible that these 2000 spirals had a very different meaning? But better yet, how was
Were they intended for religious and sacrificial ceremonies, or is it possible that these 2000 spirals had a very different meaning? But better yet, how was
But better yet, how was ancient man able to create such thin golden artifacts, and of pure gold?