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Priests with horned helmets

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The horned helmets from Veksø (Viksø) were found in 1942. They were made in the Bronze Age between 1100 and 900 BC and are not, as commonly thought, from Viking times. They were worn for ceremonial purposes rather than war and battles. And they were part of the…

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Energy crisis paid off

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Time / Periode -1100 -900
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At the beginning of World War II, Denmark's coal and oil supplies were cut off. We had to rely on our own energy reserves, including peat from the bogs. Peat bogs were opened all over the country and at a new one near Veksø, a peat digger turned up a horned helmet. At first he thought it was old scrap metal. But later that day, a passing supervisor saw the pieces of bronze, put them aside and contacted the National Museum of Denmark. The energy crisis during the occupation kept archaeologists and vigilant peat diggers busy. Many of the bogs are old sacrificial sites with valuable artefacts offered up to the gods. The Veksø Helmets are one of the most important peat bog treasures found at this time.

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Energy crisis paid off

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