Sep 11 – 16, 2022
University of Warsaw
Europe/Warsaw timezone

From local finds to broader picture – the Migration Period gold hoards in the Western Pomerania

Sep 13, 2022, 12:00 PM
Auditorium Maximum - Hall C

Auditorium Maximum - Hall C


Anna Zapolska (University of Warsaw )


There is a general consensus on the influx of solidi in the second half of the 5th c. – which were brought to Scandinavia via Pomerania (the Lower Vistula basin). Another claim is that at the beginning of the 6th c. this influx continued via, for example, Western Pomerania. However, this theory is contradicted when we take a closer look at the nature of these finds. In my paper, I will focus on the latest gold hoards and demonstrate that their appearance is connected to a broader gold circulation in the Baltic zone which took place in the Late Migration Period. These hoards confirm the presence of Scandinavian settlers in Western Pomerania, and are generally related to the archaeological Dębczyno Group. Gold hoards are another element, next to settlements and cemeteries, which define that culture unit. I will try to prove the origin of these hoards and at least of some of the newcomers to the region.

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Anna Zapolska (University of Warsaw )

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