Artifacts

BRONZE AGE FLINT

A private collection led to the discovery of a Bronze Age settlement in Brantevik.

THE BALKÅKRA DRUM

The so-called Balkåkra drum was made at the very beginning of the Bronze Age, that is to say around the time the Kivik Tomb was built and the South Scanian rock carvings were made.

FUNERAL SET

Inside the mounds that contain the body of a man of rank you are also likely to find a set of small tools.

SETTLEMENT FINDS

Objects found at a Brantevik settlement. Only a few Bronze Age settlements have been excavated in Southeast Scania, Brantevik is one of them.

FIBULA FROM BORNHOLM

Fibulas, used in the Bronze and Iron Ages, come in many different shapes and sizes.

BRONZE BUTTONS

These small bronze buttons would have been used on garments. They often turn up in the graves of both men and women.

BRONZE RODS

Bronze rods for a skirt and an arm ring. Sometime during the Early Bronze Age, almost 3,000 years ago, a twenty-year-old girl was buried in a mound at Storhöj on the island of Jutland in Denmark.

CARVED CIRCLE

A circle carved on a stone. The circle is a symbol that is used worldwide.

DAGGER

Road workers found this well-preserved bronze dagger with gold ornaments at a roadworks by Stengårdarna north of Brantevik in the 1930s.

SPECTACLE FIBULA

Fibulas, that were used in the Bronze and Iron Ages, come in many different shapes and sizes.

BURIAL URN – THE SIMRIS SISTERS

Bronze Age pottery is often simple in terms of shape and design and not as pretty and ornate as Stone Age pottery.

BURIAL URN – A MOTHER AND HER BABY

This burial urn was found in a Bronze Age grave field at Ingelstrop No. 32 where many burial urns and bronze objects have been found over the years.

BURIAL URNS – THE WOMEN FROM INGELSTORP

These urns were found in the 1920s in a grave field on land belonging to the farm Ingelstorp No. 32. They were found close to each other within the space of a few days.

BURIAL URN – THE CHILDREN FROM VRANARP

This urn was found in a Bronze Age grave field at Vranarp No. 7, a farm near Östra Tommarp.

BRONZE AGE COLLAR

Bronze Age women wore woollen skirts and shirts. More recent research has shown that they also wore clothes made of flax. Garments do not seem to have been dyed.

TORC – A BRONZE AGE ORNAMENT

One type of ornament was worn around the neck. A simpler version of the torc was made of twined bronze rods.

SUSPENDED VESSEL

The steep Branbo hill between Gislövs stjärna and Glimminge Farm, south of Gislöv, is a mythical place.

CELT – CAST BRONZE AXE

The first bronze axes to be cast in Scandinavia have been dated to the late Neolithic period. At first, copies were made from axes made in continental Europe, but soon indigenous designs began to appear.

FLANGED AXE

The first axes to appear in Scandinavia were made of pure copper. The copper was later mixed with tin for more durable weapons and ornaments.

HAMMERSTONE

Hammerstones have been found to originate from all periods throughout antiquity. Like knives, it was a universal tool that had many uses.

CLAY DRUM

Drums of various shapes and sizes are found in all cultures.

THE “POCKET STONE”

Most of the rock carvings in Scania and on the island of Bornholm are made on rock slabs.

CUTTING TOOL – BRONZE AGE FLINT

Flint continued to be used during the Bronze Age. New research shows that these cutting tools were not introduced until the Late Bronze Age (1,100 BCE).

HORN

Images of human figures that are blowing horns can be found on rock carvings. The hornblower is sometimes standing on a ship.

SACRIFICIAL PEAT BOG NEAR BRANTEVIK

There is a sacrificial peat bog on the western perimeter of Brantevik.

A RAZOR USED FOR SHAVING?

Bronze razors were perhaps the first tools to be invented in the Nordic countries some 3,000 years ago.

SICKLE AND CLUB FOUND NEAR BRANTEVIK

Many Bronze Age artefacts were made from stone or flint. The stone club was found at Stengården immediately north of Brantevik.

BRONZE SUN CROSS

This thin bronze cross may once have adorned a larger bronze object, or maybe it is a pendant. The circular shape surrounding a cross is present in all major rock carving sites in Southeast Scania.

SPIRALS

The very first Bronze Age artefacts that arrive in the Nordic countries from the west and the south were decorated with different kinds of patterns such as dotted lines, triangles, V shapes, zigzag patterns, rhomboids and lines.

SPEARHEAD

Skeletal remains show that the Bronze Age was a violent period. For those of us who live in the area now, the degree of starvation and malnutrition people suffered seems unbearable. Yet some individuals possessed enough strength and ambition to allow them to reach high positions in society.

TWO BRONZE SWORDS

Bronze swords, lances and axes as well as daggers and short swords were the most common weapons worn by Bronze Age men.

BELT ORNAMENTS FROM BORRBY

These early Bronze Age belt ornaments are known as tutuli.