13: Precursors 4 – Nördlingen and Hallein

After Munich, the trip continued with stops at the Stadtmuseum Nördlingen and the Keltenmuseum Hallein. Both locations are somewhat out of the way but could not be missed. Both the Stadtmuseum in Nördlingen and the Keltenmuseum in Hallein were important destinations since they have in their collection specimens of the rarer type Varen as well

10: the latest Sögel blades from Lower Saxony

So far, the majority of blades that have been presented have those of the Wohlde type. The Sögel blades have so far been more elusive but the latest visits to Verden, Bad-Bederkesa and Oldenburg have restored the balance as the most Northwestern area of Lower Saxony appeared to have several burials that contained Sögel blades.

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

5: Down the Rhine

The latest destination is the Landesmuseum in Mainz. This far south, we are starting to reach the contact zone between the Sögel-Wohlde blades and the Northern Alpine region with types Sandharlanden, Statzendorf, Haidershofen, Varen and Gamprin. These types are regarded as potential predecessors to the Sögel-Wohlde blades and by acquiring samples from these blades we

4: North Rhine-Westphalia

This time the search for Sögel and Wohlde blades took us north again by visiting museums in Münster, Herne and Detmold. This area provided a surprisingly large amount of Sögel blades which usually have decorations of a dotted line followed by three continuous lines and a row of garlands. However, there appears to have been