Valsgärde

Several Early Iron Age/Vendel artifacts from the site of Valsgärde are on display in the Museum Gustavianum, the University Museum of Uppsala.



Helmet from Valsgärde 8 burial dated to the 7th century.




Plan of burials at Valsgärde.



Detail of helmet from Valsgärde 8 burial.



Detail of helmet from Valsgärde 8 burial.



Helmet detail from Valsgärde 8 burial.



Helmet detail from Valsgärde 8 burial.



Helmet detail from Valsgärde 8 burial.



Helmet fom Valsgärde grave 7 with gold and garnets dating to the 7th century.



Close up of the helmet from Valsgärde grave 7 with gold and garnets dating to the 7th century.



Valsgärde burial 7 included multiple offerings including games (36 to 37 game pieces and 3 die), textiles (feather bed and pillows), and animals (cattle, pig, sheep, snowy owl, black grouse, duck, goose and pike). Artifacts related to animals included 20 calks (horse shoe studs), 1 saddle, 4 bridles, 1 scraper, and 4 or 5 dog leashes. The burial used a 8.5 meter (28 feet) long, clinker-built boat made of oak. It was excavated in 1933.



Dice and game pieces from Valsgärde burial 7.



Glass game pieces placed as grave offerings with Valsgärde burial 7.



Modern copy of the glass vessel and birchbark holder.



Sword and sax. Grave offerings with burial 7 at Valsgärde included 1 helmet, 3 shields, 2 swords, 2 sword belts, 2 saxes, 1 spearhead and 53 arrowheads.



Sword hilt from burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Tool decoration on leather sheath for a sword placed in burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Decorated metal midsection of the sword sheath placed with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Decorated metal end of the sword sheath placed with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Decorated metal top of the sword sheath placed with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Decorated shield boss belonging to one of the three shields placed as grave offerings with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Shield boss and a flanking bird belonging to one of the three shields placed as grave offerings with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Shield grip belonging to one of the three shields placed as grave offerings with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Reconstructed decorated shield placed as a grave offering with burial 7 at Valsgärde.



Textile fragment from Valsgärde.



Replica of a drinking horn found as a grave offering in burial 7 at Valsgärde, 7th century.



Closeup of a replica of a drinking horn found as a grave offering in burial 7 at Valsgärde, 7th century.



Combs found as a grave offering at Valsgärde, 7th century.


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