Viking Age Oval Brooches from Hedeby

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Emma Groeneveld
by Einsamer Schütze
published on 28 September 2018
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Two Viking Age oval brooches - also known as tortoise brooches - which were used in a practical way by women to pin up the straps of their overdresses but were often decorated. They came in pairs - one for each dress strap - and are often found in female graves dating from the Viking Age (c. 790-1100 CE); because they are typically Viking, they can be used as identifying factors. These particular two were found at the Danish Viking trading centre of Hedeby, near the city of Schleswig in present-day Germany, and reside in the Hedeby Viking Museum (Danish: Vikingemuseum Hedeby; German: Wikinger Museum Haithabu) in Busdorf, Germany.

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APA Style

Schütze, E. (2018, September 28). Viking Age Oval Brooches from Hedeby. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9283/viking-age-oval-brooches-from-hedeby/

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Schütze, Einsamer. "Viking Age Oval Brooches from Hedeby." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified September 28, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9283/viking-age-oval-brooches-from-hedeby/.

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Schütze, Einsamer. "Viking Age Oval Brooches from Hedeby." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 28 Sep 2018. Web. 27 Nov 2021.

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