A Gold Brooch


Swedish History Museum

Swedish History Museum

The man buried in the Håga mound grave outside Uppsala is a representative of an emerging upper class during the Bronze Age. His grave is one of the richest from the Middle Bronze Age in Scandinavia in terms of its gold content. The man was buried in the 11th century BC, in a manner that was unusual for this area. Among the gold items found lying with the dead man in the great burial mound were a large gold brooch, gold-coated buttons, and gold spirals to be worn on his clothes. He also had a magnificent, almost unused sword in the latest style. It has been speculated that he originally came from, or had close ties to, the region of present northern Germany, Denmark or Scania where similar burial mounds are more frequent. One interesting thing about the great Bronze Age burial mounds is that they were reused many centuries later, during the Viking Age. There are several instances of people being buried in, or right next to, Bronze Age mounds. We may wonder whether this was a way of confirming kinship with past generations.

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  • Title: A Gold Brooch
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1000BC/900BC
  • Subject Keywords: Brooch, Gold
  • Rights: CC BY
  • External Link: Swedish History Museum