Monday, October 31, 2011

Merovingian Treasure

It would seem that the first of the Merovingian dynasty, Childeric, died in 481 (I think I have that right). He was the father of Clovis, the founder of France. His grave was discovered in in 1653 and the artifacts, some Roman, some Frankish were kept in Paris until the nineteenth century at which time some knucklehead stole most of it. We do however have his sword, or at least what remains of it. This once again shows what might come out of a treasure heap....

This was a pommel held by a King, one of the Long Haired Kings. How cool is that?

1 comment:

Joseph said...

The worst part is that most of the stolen artifacts were probably melted down for their gold and irretrievably lost. Such a loss.