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19 September 2023, 09:20

Norwegian archaeologists discovered 35 gold coins from the Merovingian dynasty

Norwegian archaeologists discovered 35 gold coins from the Merovingian dynasty
Recently, square gold coins of the Merovingian dynasty were discovered under a pagan temple in Norway. Despite the small size of the coins, archaeologists hope that the images on the coins will "tell" a lot of interesting things about the era when Scandinavia was a connecting link between cultures and trade.

The researchers managed to find 35 very thin square gold coins. However, despite their size, it is possible to make out engravings - images of men and women in luxurious clothes. Some coins show people looking at each other. According to archaeologists, the find dates back to the time of the Merovingian dynasty, which ruled the Frankish kingdom from the 5th to the 8th century.
Studying the images on the coins, scientists noticed that people have capes, jewelry and various hairstyles, objects in their hands. Such detail allows even to study the costumes of those times.

According to archaeologists, the found coins with paired motifs reflect the myth of hierogamy - a sacred wedding between the god of customs Freyr and the daughter of the jotun Gerd (mythical characters). It is also assumed that these coins could have been offerings during wedding rituals.

The Merovingian dynasty ruled the Franks from the 5th to the 8th centuries over a large part of present-day France and Belgium, as well as parts of Germany and Switzerland.
According to the researchers, the historical significance of this discovery cannot be overestimated. At the time these coins were minted, Scandinavia was in the midst of a transformation. It was a period of transition from paganism to Christianity, and the region was a melting pot of cultures and religions. The discovery of these coins under a pagan temple testifies to the complex interaction of belief systems and trade routes of this era.

The presence of Merovingian coins in Norway indicates the extensive trade networks that existed in the early medieval period. The Merovingians, concentrated in the territory of modern France, established trade relations that extended deep into Scandinavia. These coins would be part of a larger system of exchange, facilitating the flow of goods, ideas and culture across the continent.
Source: focus.ua

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