Rural Riches in Freiburg

Frans Theuws and Femke Lippok visited our German colleagues in Freiburg to discuss about militarisation as an alternative driver of change in the early middle ages. The conference was held 28th-29th of November, contributions varied from topics like Viking marching camps in the UK to late roman weapon burials in southern Germany.

In addition, a visit to the Colombischlössle Archeological Museum revealed an unexpected treasure trove of early medieval grave goods in the museum’s basement. Some of the incredible artefacts are displayed for you below. Well worth a visit if you’re in town.

Small string of beads from a grave in Hüfingen. It includes an amber bead (first one on the right side) displaying special decoration techniques similarly found in grave 247 of the Maastricht Vrijthof cemetery (Langbroek 2016, 112).
Silver inlaid buckle from Hüfingen. The small mushroom-motive hints at a date in the 7th century.

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  • August 18, 2019 at 16:24


    I just saw a documantary on National geaographic about the Saxonian hoard found in Stafforshire England

    I immediately thought of its striking resembance with the jewelry stored and exposted in the archeology museum of Freiburg that I saw some years ago around the same time and are made with the same techniques but are from different origin (?) and purpose

    I am not a scolared archeologist nore amator but I just wanted to mention it

    Best regards

    Wilfried Nees


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