29 gold figures
A spectacular find, and Sweden's third largest find of gold figures. In the treasure there were also found gold spirals, cast heads in bronze, glass and viking-age coins. Everything was found in 2013 at Västra Vångs village in central Blekinge. The release is to be seen at the Blekinge museum in Karlskrona and also tells new knowledge about the balance of power in today's Europe, everyday life in the village and about religious rites during the millennium after the birth of Christ. The archaeologists see traits from both the Celtic and Roman culture in the cast bronze heads. What do you see?
Västra Vång - a unique village
The unusual finds tell us that it is not any iron age village, but a local center for power and religion.
In Vång people lived who had power, wealth and contact with the world far outside.
Some of the golden figures have stamp identity with gold figures found on Öland and Bornholm. It shows that there has been a direct contact between the places in the Iron Age. It is not just the gold that makes the golden men special finds. They have been found in places that were significant during the Iron Age and were associated with cult and power. Maybe they have been used as offerings. A large part of the golden figures represent women.
The bronze masks, the small heads, once were used as decorations on bronze and silver vessels. A proof that the people in Vång wanted to own things that gave a high status. Bronze masks have a Celtic origin, it can be read from the neck ring and the artfully braided hair. For the Celts, the head was sacred. But the question is how the masks came to Västra Vång? Maybe it was through trade, or gifts to mighty people but it can also be through looting. It is not impossible that they have been manufactured in the Nordic countries. We know that, through other similar findings, the Norwegians embraced new ideas and transformed them into their own.