posted on Nov, 3 2011 @ 07:48 PM
Originally posted by anon72
reply to post by Awen24
Now you're talking. I was hoping someone would come along with info about the time/era in the story.
The head dress/halo and the ring just seem out of place-
Can you provide any pics of things you know to have been used in that period?
I can do that, yes.
The ring strikes me as interesting also... because the ring IS characteristically Hallstatt. Two concentric spirals (possibly stylized snakes? Hard
to know without a better image)... that's fairly typical for the... well, anywhere from about the 15th century BC through to the 7th or 6th. The
variance between the headdress and the ring can suggest multiple things, but I don't think that either of them are necessarily beyond the
technological capability of the era. Hallstatt period pieces are typically of excellent craftsmanship, so there's nothing unusual here in that
What the variance does suggest to me is that this is potentially a site that has external influences... whether those influences be due to trade,
invasion, or other forces... is up for debate... but the headdress simply doesn't fit right with me as a Hallstatt piece. In fact, headwear in and
of itself is a little unusual for the Hallstatt period. The few descriptions we have of Hallstatt headwear are generally related to conical hats made
of animal skins etc., and not anything anywhere near as elaborate as this.
The theory on your original link, of possible Scythian influence, is a good one... but even then, I'm not aware of any Scythian headwear that
resembles this. I've been racking my brains and looking through all my research materials, and I've got literally nothing. The Scythians were much
bigger on headwear than the Hallstatt culture, and certainly had much more elaborate items, but still nothing that resembles this. The headdress on
that skull almost looks more... Middle-Eastern, possibly even African... which wouldn't surprise me, to be honest. I think trade was much more
widespread than we've ever given it credit for, in the ancient world.
With those things said though... these finds are clearly indicative of a high-status individual (not to mention the chariot)... but if this person
was a high-status Hallstatt culture individual... where are the status items? The torc? Armbands? Weapons? The whole thing is very odd.
Images for reference.
Typical Hallstatt headdress (still not particularly common, but this is the prevalent design IMO):
Typical helm from the same period (this particular example is not Hallstatt, but similar in design):
(not very exciting, are they?)