chapter  7
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The cosmic order of landscapes

The ‘Golden Age’ of Scandinavia is – strictly speaking – the Migration Period. Immense numbers of gold objects were deposited over a few generations in the fi fth and early sixth centuries ad. They comprise highly artistic rings (neck-and armrings), adornments for weapons, dress accessories, bracteates, so-called payment rings, etc. These gold hoards fascinate and challenge archaeologists and historians of religion because they signal ‘wealth’ and ‘power’. From the point of view of profi t and economic strength, it is easy to understand our ‘rational’ approach towards the gold depositions, although no consensus exists as to the meaning of these hoards.