View Full Version : Wendelringe ("Helix Rings") of the Hallstatt Period

Monday, February 20th, 2006, 11:58 PM

Wendelringe (roughly translated "helix rings") date to the late bronze age and early iron age and are often found in a Hallstadt type context (i.e. Celtic).

The torque neck ring was an important element of the Celtic warrior outfit, whereas the usual torque could be replaced by a Wendelring (i.e. a neck ring where the 'tordierung=twising' changes direction. Wendelringe, of which there are real and pseudo-Wendelringe, were likely transmitted to the North from the Celts. An important centre for the occurance of Wendelringe was the so called Thüringische Kultur (not be be confused with the later Thuringians).

The example above is from the German city of Brandenburg, dated between 850 and 650 b.C. (Bronze Age).

Here is an example (http://www.archlsa.de/funde-der-monate/02.06/bilder/abb.4.jpg)from southern Germany. And here a close up from its latch (http://www.archlsa.de/funde-der-monate/02.06/bilder/abb.5.jpg).

Several Wendelringe have been unearthed in Halle (Middle Germany). The famous 'royal' tomb of Seddin in Brandenburg included a Wendelring and the Reinheim Wendelring is often cited as a prime example.