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Bronze cult device


Discovered in 1914 on the Roman Amber Road

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Show desk in Haschendorf - The bronze cult device was discovered in 1914 at the Roman Amber Road. The speculations after the original use and/or the possible purpose go thereby from "offering table" up to "throne-like seat" far apart.

The bronze cult objects from Haschendorf and Balkåkra.
The cult objects from Haschendorf and Balkåkra (southern Sweden) from the Early Bronze Age show the manifold cultural and cult connections between Central Europe and the Baltic Sea region. Cult objects buried in isolation at both sites indicate a particular function. The Haschendorf object was discovered in 1914 in white lime sand, the parallel piece from Balkåkra in 1847 in a bog. The cult object from Haschendorf (Hasfalva) was found before the outbreak of the First World War, on March 12, 1914, by the farmer Johann Widder at the lime sand ditch at the foot of the Kräftenriegel. At this place stands today a copy of the bronze cult device, which was designed by Prof. Heinz Bruckschwaiger in June 2001. The original can be seen in the Soproni-Múzeum (Fabricius-House) in Sopron (Ödenburg). Johann Widder reported "his find" to the Custodian of Archaeology in Sopron, Mr. Johann Reinhard Bünker. The archaeological investigation carried out revealed that the cult object had been deposited in a sand pit, two meters below the surface of the earth. The cult object has a steeply conical lower part with ten individually cast parts, which support a non-movable spoke wheel and are held together by conical rivets. A bronze band hoop is riveted to the upper rim, supporting a circular bronze point-decorated plate.

The bronze cult device in Haschendorf is freely accessible and can be visited at any time!

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