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Bronze Age gold “oath” rings found on Danish island

Four gold “oath” rings, used to make a lasting oath, have been found on the Danish island of Zealand.

Based on certain grave finds, archaeologists reckon the rings were used by men. The name ’oath rings’ was inspired by the Icelandic sagas, in which people could take oaths by a gold or silver ring soaked with sacrificial blood.

The ring was found in a field by the Danish village of Boeslunde, and the location is no coincidence. No less than five gold rings have previously been found here, the latest one in 2009 – and there is also another one, which may come from the same site.

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Story: Kristen Christensen, Museum Vestsjælland | Photo: Museum Vestsjælland

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