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June 3, 2017 By Andy Ross

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Egtved Girl revisited

Regular readers of the blog may remember the article about Egtved Girl, the Bronze Age burial. Some more research is underway which has revealed something surprising.

One of our frequent contributors (thanks Kelli and "hi" from across the water) has sent a link in about some intriguing research.  While looking at strontium isotopes in wool which indicate where that fibre has come from, the researchers found that more than 75% of the wool found in gravesites in Western Denmark was imported. This means that it was probably expensive and that means such clothing was probably prized. It seems that the Bronze Age was a period of the rise of an elite class with money to spend on lovely things, and among the prizes of the age was woollen clothing. You can read more about this research here.