05 July 2014

Silver JOL-bowl found

Last July 1st, an important archaeological find in Holland (7th Century CE) was made public, more than a year after it was found (4 June 2013). The announcement was delayed, so the investigation could be continued undisturbed.
Is this why we still don't hear anything about the OLB paper research; Because the Dutch academic world needs time (without press harassment) to concoct a story and try save its reputation? Well that could indeed take a very long time...
The silver bowl has three prominent JOL- (wheel of time) symbols, but the archaeologist is either ignorant or plays stupid and describes it as "a rosette with floral pattern or sun symbol".

University Leiden 1
University Leiden 2

Some fragments, translated from Dutch:

During excavations in Oegstgeest archaeologists from Leiden University have found a very rare silver bowl from the first half of the seventh century. The bowl is decorated with animal and plant figures in gold and inlaid with semi-precious stones.

The rare object was found a year ago, on 4 June 2013, in Oegstgeest [...] The find was not disclosed earlier to avoid disturbance of the excavations, which were planned till June 2014. The bowl was found in the excavation of the remains of a large village from the 6th-7th century. The village was located along the Rhine, traversed by various watercourses. Along one of these the bowl was detected.

The decoration is divided into three vertical zones, separated by a plant or tree of gold leaf, crowned by a rosette with floral pattern or sun symbol.

Relevant fragment in the OLB:

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