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The dragon head pattern found by the farmer in 1887. It is now located in the Swedish History Museum. C: The Swedish History Museum
More than 130 years ago, a farmer in Sweden discovered a black dragon, a Viking carving with a pointed horn in his head and a curled mane at the neck. This object of soft soapstone looked like a mold for metal casting. However, the farmer could not find the dragons that were cast in these molds.
But he couldn't find a farmer, but he managed to find scientists. According to the research, in 2015 an archaeological team in Birka, Sweden, found a team of archaeologists, a Viking dragon made of metal, almost in the same way as mold.
Sven Kalmring, an archaeologist at the Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeological Center in Schleswig and the lead author of this research, stated that this work was the harbinger of the thousands of works that could be achieved later, and found the work to be very excited.
This dragon head is quite small in dimensions of 4.5 x 4.2 centimeters, ie smaller than a deck of cards. But it is quite detailed: it has an open mouth, sharp teeth and a tongue that clings almost to its nose.
The dragon is not a child's toy. According to Kalmring, the work is the head of an iron garment needle. The lead is due to its easy melting and silver color.
In 2015, archaeologists discovered a lead Viking dragon pin in the Viking archaeological town of Birka, Sweden. C: Lena Holmquist
Other examples of bronze dragon-headed dress pins are now known from the main centers of the Viking world, such as the Hedeby in northern Germany. In addition, many dragon-headed dress needles look like ship-head ornaments called, drekar Buna. These ships were also called den dragon ships Bu.
Looking at the head of the dragon in Birka, the Viking Ladby, dated to 900 AD in Denmark, has a very close style with the ship's head ornament. This needle head of 13.5 grams is dated to the second half of the 9th century (850-900). Although this needle head dates back to Ladby, it is also possible that the figure in Birka is modeled after Ladby's figure.
The subtle differences show that the mold found in Sweden by the farmer in 1887 was not the exact match with the newly found needle head. But these two inventions show that Vikings represent the molds and needles they produce equally. Nevertheless, this needle head is rare, so researchers think they are for high-status individuals.
But he needs more work to be sure, because the dragon heads were never found in the graves. Even so, this discovery made one thing clear: Birka's important role in the Baltic trade network of the Viking age.
Source: poxox.com archaeology

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