cloak pin

The terp of Hegebeintum is Friesland’s highest known dwelling mound. In 1870 mound levellers began digging away the fertile soil of the mound, for commercial reasons, thereby uncovering several objects.

Mantelspeld, kralenketting en ringen van het vondstcomplex van Hegebeintum, circa 600-650 na Christus

Cloak pin, bead necklace and rings found in the Hogebeintum dwelling mound excavation project, around A.D. 600 -650

One of the highlights of their findings is this necklace with hundreds of amber and glass beads. Another one is this large, gilded silver cloak pin, or fibula. It dates back to around 630 after Christ, and must have belonged to a wealthy person.

The tree grave with its skeleton of a woman, also on display in this room, was found on this location, too.