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Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 06:57 PM

The Sun Chariot of Trundholm is a late Nordic Bronze Age artefact, dated to the 14th and the 15th centuries BC, discovered in 1902 in the Trundholm moor near Nykøbing Sjælland, Denmark (approx. 55°55′ N 11°37′ E). It is a bronze statue of a horse drawing the Sun in a chariot. The horse drawing the solar disk runs on four wheels, and the Sun itself on two. All wheels have four spokes. The "chariot" consist solely of the solar disk, the axle, and the wheels, and it is unclear if the sun is imagined as being itself a chariot, or as riding in a chariot. The presence of a model of a horse-drawn vehicle on spoked wheels in Northern Europe at such an early time is in any case astonishing, the earliest known actual chariots (as opposed to ox-drawn carts without spokes) in Europe are from the Iron Age, dating from ca. the 6th century BC (see Etruscan chariot).

The disk has a diameter of ca. 25 cm, and is gilded on only one side, the right-hand one relative to the horse. This has been interpreted as an indication of the belief that the Sun is drawn across the heavens from East to West during the day, showing its bright side, and back from West to East during the night, showing its dark side.


Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 07:02 PM
What an marvelous artefact!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2005, 06:25 PM
According to Cornelius Tacitus, the germanic tribes had several ways of predicting the future. One of those were special white horses, held separate from ordinary horses used for works or transport and spared from all labour.The horses was kept on sacred ground (the sacred copses/groves amongst those?) and when they felt need for predicting the outfall of some important event or the like,they straped a wagon behind one of those white horses, the horse could move around as it wished, followed by the chieftain or king of that tribe and a person familiar with the germanic gods.From the neighing and grunting of the horse they could see the future! This ritual was believed to be one of the more accurate and shure ways of predicting the future. Could this be that ritual being illustrated by this marvelous artefact?