by Sebastian Maskell Andersen The anonymous Chronicon Lethrense is probably the oldest narrative dealing with Danish legendary history, a subject matter that was subsequently taken up by Sven Aggesøn (Sueno Aggonis) and Saxo Grammaticus.
The author demonstrates a clear interest in Lejre, the ancient seat of power close to Roskilde (on Sealand).
How the artifact arrived at a pre-Christian Viking-age farm site is a mystery.A Christian traveler may have brought it to Vestervang, or a non-Christian person at the site may have acquired it through exchange.Together, the rich jewelry finds at Vestervang, the site's proximity to Lejre and the presence of two nearby villages with the names "Karleby" reveal what life may have been like at Vestervang.It "seems probable that the settlement of Vestervang was a farm controlled by a Lejre superior and given to generations of retainers, i.e. "This would explain the extraordinary character of the stray finds contrasting with the somewhat ordinary traces of settlement." Owen Jarus writes about archaeology and all things about humans' past for Live Science.The item would have been used as a brooch, and Kastholm said a female of "high rank" perhaps wore it on her dress.
It "tells us about close relations and networks between Southern Scandinavia and the European continent in late Iron Age, before the time of Christianization," Kastholm wrote in the email.A monument 282 feet (86 meters) long made of rocks arranged in the shape of a ship was also reconstructed in later excavations.The presence of this elite site close to Vestervang may explain the presence of the newly found rich jewelry, Kastholm writes.The reason why the farm site would hold such treasure may lie in a legendary site located nearby.[See Photos of the Sparkling Viking Jewelry] Heart-shaped animal head The "most spectacular" example is 2.9 inches (73 millimeters) long and shows an image of a heart-shaped animal head with rounded ears and circular eyes, writes archaeologist Ole Thirup Kastholm, of the Roskilde Museum, in a paper published in the most recent edition of the Danish Journal of Archaeology.He said that the animal image itself seems to be anthropomorphic, something not unusual in Viking age art.