The Viking Gold Treasure from Hiddensee

from: 01.03.2012 to: 18.03.2012
Neues Museum

One of the most stunning but lesser known archaeological finds in Germany is the 'Gold Jewellery of Hiddensee', which was discovered by chance in the 19th century on the tiny island in the Baltic. Since their discovery, the sixteen items in the hoard dating from the Viking Age have been presided over by the Kulturhistorisches Museum of the Hanseatic town of Stralsund.

All items of jewellery, including a brooch (fibula), a neck ring and 14 pendants are of pure gold and weigh some 600 g altogether. It is likely the jewellery originally belonged to the family of the Danish King, Harald Gormsson (died ca. 980), better known by his nickname, 'Bluetooth'.

Visitors to the Neues Museum will have the rare opportunity to see for themselves the original pieces in the exceptional ensemble for a limited period only, from 1 to 18 March 2012. The intimate display is a foretaste for a comprehensive exhibition on the Vikings being planned by the National Museum of Denmark, the British Museum and the Museum of Prehistory and Early History in Berlin, which will go on show in Copenhagen, London and Berlin respectively as it tours the three countries in 2013/2014.

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