15: Back to the Nordic Bronze Age – Denmark

Denmark, and most importantly the southern part of Jutland, has traditionally been part of the Sögel-Wohlde region in the early Nordic Bronze Age. In previous posts, we have already stressed the importance of swords belonging to the Apa-Hajdúsámson type from the Carpathian basin, as one of the main sources of inspiration for the Sögel-Wohlde metalwork.

9: The Elbe – Weser triangle

The latest visit took us to Lower Saxony again, this time to the so-called Elbe-Weser-Triangle which encompasses the region between Bremen, Hamburg and Cuxhaven. Here, I was able to spend time at the Archaeological Museum Hamburg, the Bachmann Museum in Bremervörde and the Focke Museum in Bremen. Mostly, Type Wohlde and Harburg blades were present

8: The hunt for precursors – Bayern and Bregenz

Slowly we are starting to investigate more and more of the potential precursors for the Sögel and Wohlde blades. This time we are investigating Wohlde precursor blades with the characteristic trapezoid hilt plates such as type Gamprin, Statzendorf and Sandharlanden. We were very pleased and grateful to have received the cooperation of: Vorarlberg Museum, Bregenz

7: Hessian blades and early precursors

The area currently known as Hessen in Germany lies in the contact zone between the Northern Sögel-Wohlde district and southern Germany, where many of the potential precursors for the Nordic blades are said to originate from. The museums included in this visit were: Hessisches Landesmuseum in Kassel Museum der Stadt in Bad Hersfeld Vonderau Museum

6: First results – Annual Conference – Archäometrie und Denkmalpflege, Mannheim

At the end of March, we had the pleasure to be able to present the first results of the Sögel Project at the Annual Conference for Archaeometry and Heritage management at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim. The 3-day conference, supported by the Curt-Engelhorn-Zentrum Archäometrie gGmbH (CEZA), the Gesellschaft für Naturwissenschaftliche Archäologie Archaeometrie e.V. (GNAA) and