A wealth of rings
Bern Historisches Museum – Celtic gold and silver objects study
(25th to 30th of August 2019)
We (Barbara Armbruster, Marilou Nordez & Sebastian Fürst) spent a week at the Bern Historisches Museum to study their wonderful gold and silver collections. In particular, this was an opportunity to examine and document precious metal artefacts from the Late Iron Age necropolises of Münsingen “Rain”, Muri “Mettlen”, Oberhofen “Schönörtli/Örtliboden” and Stettlen-Deisswil.
We saw a large quantity of finger rings of very different morphologies and technologies, in particular a large quantity of gold and silver Schaukelfingerringe (saddle-shaped finger rings). Compared to other geographical areas, an astonishing amount of silver was used for the production of ornaments in this region of Switzerland.
We were welcomed under excellent study conditions in order to carry out detailed recording in our database, the measurements, the photographic documentation and using a Keyence microscope. This is an excellent optical instrument for microscopic imaging that allows a high depth of field. We achieve high-resolution microphotographs and can realize precise measurements.
We would like to thank the Bern Historisches Museum, Sabine Bolliger, Claudia Wymann, Maike Piecuch & Jana Glur for their warm welcome!