Thomas B. Thriges Gade Excavations - Jewelry
It is not just animal bones and pottery that the archaeologists find throughout the excavation. There has also been a surprisingly amount of gold and silver. A great tribute to the skills of the medieval goldsmiths came with the finds of a gold cross and a garnet inlaid gold ring.
The gold cross is actually a cross bottony - with 3 spheres at the end of each arm - which dates back to the 14th century. It represents the religious connection between the monarchy and Christianity through the symbolisation of the Holy Trinity.
The other find - the garnet inlaid gold ring - dates back to the 13th century. The ring is beautifully crafted with a red garnet set in silver on top. Furthermore it has maintained its shape and although it has a very feminine look, it is unknown, whether it was used by a man or a woman, because both sexes wore rings in the Middle Ages. Very rich men would even wear them on the outer joints of their fingers to display wealth and power.