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Structure of the Red Kaganate
Gatherings, Events, . . .
Historic Steppes Tribes
Legends of the Nomads
Flags and other Identifiers
Clothing and Apearance
Games and Military Arts
Information from Ny Bjorn Gustafsson, Archaeological guide at Birka.
Click on pictures to get (much) larger images.
Editor's Note: Compare these plates and pouch reconstruction to
the Khazar finds from Romanovsky and Salovsky burials (available at the Belt Database - see navigation form above).
"These belt mounts were found (in the Summer of 2002) in the garrison forge by the hill fort at Bjorko. They are considered unique for Scandinavia and probably came to Birka from the East, either from the Caliphate or possibly from Kiev."
"The forge is rather large, the current number of pit furnaces is 8 or 9 and there are many other finds from the area as well (combs, ceramic, parts of a soap stone vessel aso)."
"The current interpretation is that they originally were mounted to the 'closing strap' of an Eastern style belt pouch.
The pouch on the photos can be seen in the Viking Age exhibition at Jamtli,
the Historical/Archaeological/Ethnographical museum in Östersund.
re-construction of a find from Rösta in Ås Parish, in the province
of Jämtland (mid-western part of Sweden)."
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