Gullgubber & archaeology
BORNHOLM'S BIGGEST ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDING
The word 'gullgubbe' is an old Swedish term for a small piece of gold foil decorated or cut out as figures or animals. The small pieces reveal the most fantastic depictions of men, women and animals, and they have most likely been used as offerings or as temple money.
The figures are made either with stamp 'professionally' or cut and incised manually. The figures on the gold foil show exciting details, e.g. great dresses, different hairstyles, glass and different gestuses with their hands.
Over 2,500 gullgubber are found in Sorte Muld (Black Soil) near Ibsker. When comparing to other findings in Europe it has been possible to date the gullgubber to aprox. 550-600 AD, also called the Germanic Iron Age.
You can experience the great archaeological exhibition at Bornholms Museum. Here you will find several interesting themes; did you know that Bornholm has not always been an island but connected to Germany in the Stone Age? Or that Bornholm has very little natural flint, so basically all the old tools are made from imported flint from Møn and Stevns?
Archaeological Activity Center
Here you can try the work of an archaeologist, and make your own discoveries using a metal detector in our outdoor archaeological site in the courtyard. We also have a lab where you can scrutinize your findings in our microscopes and try to date different bones.
Read more about the Archaeological Activity Center.