"Spectacular" Viking jewelry puzzles experts

Archaeologists working with volunteers have discovered several spectacular pieces of Viking-made jewelry on a farm in Zealand, the largest island in Denmark. The finds include a "heart-shaped animal head with rounded ears and circular eyes," and a "central wheel cross in relief, with inlaid gold pressed into a waffle form." (photo)

The cross is particularly puzzling to experts, who would not expect to find such a piece in a pre-Christian, Viking site. It "tells us about close relations and networks between Southern Scandinavia and the European continent in late Iron Age, before the time of Christianization," wrote archaeologist Ole Thirup Kastholm, of the Roskilde Museum, in an email.