1: Start at the core

The first steps of the project took place at the Landesmuseum of Lower Saxony in Hannover, which is one of our main cooperation partners.

Lower Saxony is of particular importance to the project since it was one of the core areas of the Sögel-Wohlde district in the Early Bronze Age. This is made clear by the presence of over 20 blades in the collections of the Landesmuseum in Hannover, as well as multiple museums in the region such as the Museum Römstedthaus in Bergen, Bomann-Museum in Celle, Museum Fresenhof in Nienburg as well as the Archaeological community museum in Bad-Fallingbostel. We would like to thank every museum for their cooperation and making parts of their collection available to us. We are also very grateful to Daniel Neumann and Florian Klimscha from the Landesmuseum in Hannover for their cooperation, and by making exceptional burial assemblages such as the graves from Baven and Ehestorf available to us.

Landesmuseum Hannover, das Weltenmuseum

The finds from a burial mound from Baven is of particular importance for the project since it contained both a Wohlde and a Baven blade in the same burial mound, with a secondary burial containing a Sögel blade. The most exciting part is that some organic remains from sword’s scabbard were still preserved and will provide us with a radiocarbon date in the nearby future.

Main burial assemblage from Baven with a Wohlde and Baven blade

Sögel blade from the secondary burial from Baven