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Lucky Horseshoe? Volume 54 Number 5, September/October 2001
by Ole J. Furset


(© Boerge Madsen, THS) [LARGER IMAGE]

A 2,600-year-old-necklace was recently discovered by a Norwegian beachcomber out for a stroll near Trondenes, about 250 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Thinking it was an old horseshoe or something left behind by Russian prisoners of war during World War II, Kari Hansen brought it to the Trondenes Historical Center, where director Ole J. Furset identified it as a Bronze Age gorget, or metal collar, very similar to ornaments found in southern Sweden, Germany, and Poland.

Archaeologists are attempting to determine what influence, if any, the South Scandinavian Bronze Age culture had on the far northern reaches of Norway, where, to date, only nine South Scandinavian artifacts have been found.

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