Danish prince with Roman gifts. Exhibition 5.2 - 16.6 2013
From February the public can experience the sensational grave of "The Ishøj Prince" at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. The grave was discovered in Ishøj – near Copenhagen – in October 2007.
The grave of "The Ishøj Prince" has been dated to the Iron Age, i.e. AD 250-400, and it is considered by archaeologists to be one of the most important discoveries in Denmark in recent times. The grave is important on account of the very fine Roman gifts which were buried with the prince: a large gold ring, an elegant Roman wine set in bronze, as well as a large number of gaming pieces made of glass. The finest gifts in the grave are two Roman glass beakers decorated with boats and dolphins.
Studies of the prince’s skeleton have enabled archaeologists to determine exactly how he died: a star-shaped wound from an arrowhead in the crown of the head was one of the causes. The same can also be said of two five-centimetre-long lesions in the back of the skull, caused by sharp blades. Lesions from a thrust coming from below and striking the lower left leg show that the prince may have been on horseback and was thus probably killed in combat.
The exhibition has been devised in collaboration with Kroppedal Museum, where the grave is normally exhibited.