You are at the Artefacts pageSince 1996, periodic surveys have been made with metal detectors at the Uppåkra site. The metal detectors are used to search the ploughed layer, which is the upper layer of soil, stirred by centuries of cultivation. Because the newest layers have been damaged most by agricultural activities, the majority of the metal detector finds are from the settlement’s later phases.
Metal detector surveys have thus far yielded over 20,000 metal artefacts.

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One-eyed, horned bronze figure

One-eyed, horned bronze figure, probably showing Oden. The broken horns might have ended in two bird heads. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Height 4,7 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Pendant with serpents. Made in bronze gilded with gold and silver.

Pendant with serpents. Made in bronze gilded with gold and silver. Dated to 5th century AD. Width 4,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Silver figure showing an animal in struggle with serpents.

Silver figure showing an animal in struggle with serpents. Probably manufactured in Western Europe. Dated to 9th century AD.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold bracteate with runes.

Gold bracteate with runes. The runes are to be read from left to right, on the left is the common magic word alu, the runes at the right is s, i, m, a, th, i, n, a. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Width 2,6 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold bracteate with runes.

Gold bracteate with runes. The runic inscription does not form a reasonable sentence. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050).
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Bronze pendant with human face.

Bronze pendant with human face. Dated to the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Height 4 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Bird-fibula.

Bird-fibula. Bronze brooch gilded with silver showing a bird, maybe a raven. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Height 6 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Bronze brooch with animal ornament.

Bronze brooch with animal ornament. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Width 6 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Brooch with s-shaped animal, made in gilded bronze and ornamented with garnets.

Brooch with s-shaped animal, made in gilded bronze and ornamented with garnets. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Width 2,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Silver figure of a man with drinking-horn.

Silver figure of a man with drinking-horn. Dated to the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Height 3,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Boar head made in silver.

Boar head made in silver. Probably positioned on a helmet. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Height 3,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Key made in bronze.

Key made in bronze. Assumed to have been worned as an amulet. Dated to the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Height 6,6 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Dragon made in bronze.

Dragon made in bronze. Dated to the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Width 3,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Dragon head made in bronze.

Dragon head made in bronze. Dated to the Viking period (AD 800-1050). Width 3,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Surgical instruments

Surgical instruments: Probe (length 14 cm) Scalpel (length 6 cm) and a pair of tweezers with lockable ring (length 8,5 cm).
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

 

Artefacts found in the Cult house surroundings:

A beaker made of bronze and silver with embossed gold bands.

A beaker made of bronze and silver with embossed gold bands. Found in the cult house deposited with a glass bowl. It dates to about 500 AD and it is probable that it was made in Uppåkra. Height 16,5 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Glass bowl made in flashed glass technique, with two layers of glass.

Glass bowl made in flashed glass technique, with two layers of glass. Found in the cult house deposited with a beaker. Most likely, the bowl was made in the area north of the Black Sea in the sixth century AD. Height 9,7 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Iron door ring.

Iron door ring found in the north western posthole inside the cult house. Diameter 14 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Iron door ring.

Iron door ring found about ten metres from the cult house. Diameter 23 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Eyebrow arch, originally been positioned on a helmet.

Eyebrow arch, originally been positioned on a helmet. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Width 6,8 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Destroyed lance- and spear-heads

Destroyed lance- and spear-heads found north of the cult house. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050).
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure. Small gold-foil plaques with human figures. Over one hundred gold-foil figures have been discovered in Uppåkra. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Height 2,1 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure. Height 1,3 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure.Height 1,45 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure. Height 1,25 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure.Height 1,25 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure. Height 1,3 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Gold-foil figure.

Gold-foil figure. Height 1,9 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Bronze patrix to gold-foil figure.

Bronze patrix to gold-foil figure. Dated to Late Scandinavian Iron Age (AD 400-1050). Height 2 cm.
(Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)