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The Ishøj Prince: Danish Prince with Roman Grave Goods

The Ishøj Prince: Danish Prince with Roman Grave Goods
COPENHAGEN  •  Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek  •  Ongoing

The grave of "The Ishøj Prince" has been dated to the Iron Age, i.e. AD 250-400, and it is considered by archaeologists to be one of the most important discoveries in Denmark in recent times. The grave is important on account of the very fine Roman gifts which were buried with the prince: large gold rings, an elegant Roman wine set in bronze, as well as a large number of gaming pieces made of glass. The finest gifts in the grave are two Roman glass beakers decorated with ships and dolphins.

The Late Roman Iron Age in Denmark is a period influenced by Roman culture. This is apparent from, among other things, the costumes, weapons and other artefacts. It was quite normal for there to be gifts in a person’s tomb, and from these archaeologists can determine the rank of the dead individual in society. Only the elite were provided with Roman gifts in their tombs, so there is no doubt that this was an important man who was discovered in Torslunde.

Studies of the prince’s skeleton have enabled archaeologists to determine exactly how he died: a star-shaped wound from an arrowhead in the crown of the head was one of the causes. The same can also be said of two five-centimetre-long lesions in the back of the skull, caused by sharp blades. Lesions from a thrust coming from below and striking the lower left leg show that the prince may have been on horseback and was thus probably killed in combat.

The exhibition consists of a display case showing the prince and his grave gifts, together with a video, part of which illustrates the prince’s dramatic death. The exhibition is the result of a collaboration with Kroppedal Museum.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Website

Contact: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Dantes Plads 7
DK- 1556 Copenhagen V

Tel: ( 45) 33 41 81 41

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