[MR] History Blog: Merovingian Gold Ring Found in Denmark

Garth Groff and Sally Sanford mallardlodge1000 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 22 09:32:41 PST 2024

Noble Friends,

I'm a bit late on this, but some non-SCA projects claimed my attention.
(Oh! Shock and horror! "Real life" got in the way!)

The History Blog's entry for 20 February concerned the discovery of a
Merovingian gold-and-garnet ring near Emmerlev, Denmark. The ring was found
by a metal detectorist in 2020, but was kept secret while archaeologists
scoured the site, uncovering many more historical objects.

The lovely ring is of Frankish manufacture and dates to around 500 CE.
Garnets were highly prized by the Merovingians and other Frankish people at
this time. It is clearly a high-status item.

Emmerlev, in Denmark's Jutland region, was a Saxon area rather than
Merovingian territory. The area around Emmerlev and nearby Ribe were
important regional trade hubs. Merovingian coins and other artefacts found
here attest to both trade and diplomatic contact.

You can view the ring at https://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/69517 .

More about the Merovingian kingdoms and their rulers is found at
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merovingian_dynasty .

Yours Aye,

Mungo Napier, Laird of Mallard Lodge  🦆
Continuing a crusade to keep Merry Rose relevant and in business.

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