reply to post by gortex
How weird. It reminds me of that amulet thread from SLAYER69 in the sense that there is a lot more going on with that cauldron than meets the eye.
Taken at face value the thing becomes a bit of a conundrum because if it is from Denmark, then why are the motifs so obviously from "elsewhere"?
Then you find out the thing is from "Bulgaria", but it wasn't made by Bulgarians, it was likely made by the Thracians that lived in what is now known
as Bulgaria; apparently the silverwork is a dead ringer for just the type they were famous for. Problem is, that doesn't explain why some of the
motifs, and armour on the figures in the motifs, are Celtic
(!). That antlered guy is the Celtic deity,
Anyhow, it reminds me of those amulets because, like the guy in the video says, the cauldron is very well travelled and seems to have been deposited
in its final resting place at a time of some kind of socio-religious upheaval.
I went to look at a map, and it's mind-boggling. The thing is created in some far western reach of the Thracian empire where it gets decorated with
Celtic gods and Celtic soldiers (the helmets give it away, apparently), and then at some point possibly hundreds of years after it is made, it is
transported way up North
and deposited in a peat bog.
Somehow I am leaning towards the possibility that the guy in the video suggests, that it may have been a ritual object used in human sacrifice.
Really neat find, gortex. It really makes you wonder what everyone was up to way back then.
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