Thorsberger Moor (Suederbrarup)

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Holger Rix on October 16, 2007

Thorsberger Moor Ancient Settlement in Schleswig-Holstein.

The Thorsberg moor (Thorsberger Moor, Tosbarch, Tåsbjerre "Thor's hill") near Süderbrarup in Anglia, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany from the 1st century BC to the 4th century AD served as the location of votive deposits by the Angles and is hence the location of important Roman Iron Age finds, including early Elder Futhark inscriptions such as the Thorsberg chape, a Roman helmet, a shield buckle, and early socks. The finds are of similar importance as the contemporary finds from Danish Illerup and Vimose.

The deposits dedicated to Thor from ca. AD 200 become more martial in character. This trend has been connected with the Marcomannic war (AD 166 to 180). Just outside the moor is an Iron Age tumulus with a stone circle.

The moor was excavated 1858 to 1861 by Flensburg teacher Conrad Engelhardt. The objects recovered by Engelhardt are on exhibit in the Gottorp Palace museum; another 500 finds are on exhibit in Copenhagen.

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