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Silver Spur of Medieval Prussian Knight Found near Zelenogradsk
12.10.2010 10:06
Silver Spur of Medieval Prussian Knight Found near Zelenogradsk

Archeologists of the Baltic expedition have found a unique knights spur nearby Mokhovoe Settlement of Zelenogradsk District, Kaliningrad Region.
      The silver crampon has been found out in a Prussian burial site in the township of Kaup, which was a trading and craft centre of medieval Prussians.
      The spur rescued by the Kaliningrad restorer Alexey Tremzin is a masterpiece of Prussian decorative art of the 10th century. Initially the restorer decided that the spur was painted in red, however later he realized that the red colour was due to copper oxide.
      Kaup (translated from ancient Scandinavian language as marketplace) the trading and craft centre of ancient Prussians is located in the north of Sambia (aka Samland), a peninsula in the Kaliningrad Region of Russia, on the southeastern shore of the Baltic Sea. It was based around the 8th century. Kaup was possibly the starting point of the Amber Way; it was destroyed in 1016 as a result of an attack of troops of the Danish sea king Cnut the Great.
      For many centuries the ruins of Kaup were hidden under thick layers of ground. Only in 1979 the Baltic expedition unearthed this last haven of Baltic Vikings.


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