Time to tell you about the second day of our excursion on which we went to the Celts and Romans Museum Manching, where we had the most charming and well-informed archaeologist guide to show us around.
First I’ve got to apologise for the photo quality – most of them are quite blurry and dark as we weren’t allowed to use flashes (quite logical) and I had not enough time for every thing. Maybe you’ll enjoy the pictures (it’s just a small selection here), though.
I didn’t know where to begin, so lets start with this vessel to flow with you to the things I’ll show you.
These are the planks of ships like the above – conserved over the centuries in the alluvial mud of riverbanks that once provided a Roman fort with all sorts of stuff and soldiers.
I’ve had no breakfast yet, so I’ll continue with dishes. These are roman – from the fort with the ships.
And this one, like the ones to follow, is from the Manching oppidum, a celtic settlement. The darker dinnerware gets its colour from the graphite that was mixed into the clay to make it more heat-resistant – it’s oven-to-table ware.
Of course it wasn’t all earthen stuff, there was also a quite huge metal working trade in Manching (where Celts went, there went ore working, too).
That’s even more kitchen stuff. Isn’t that design great (Uhm. Yes, I prefer black cast iron pans to teflon ones, why’d you ask?)?
To keep it with the metal, the next pictures will be decorative objects, especially embellishments and jewellery.
But there wasn’t only metal jewellery but also glass, especially beads and bracelets.
Something that I really took interest in was this set of spindles, needles and scissors. Sadly the light was too bad to take really good pictures.
Crafts end in trading quite often, and as I’ve shown you a picture of the gold treasure of Manching before I can show you the model for celtic coins, as well. These Hellenistic tokens were kind of copied with far more simple motifs. The celtic gold coins between Hungary and southern Germany are called rainbow bowls due to the legend of the drops of gold that fall down from the end of a rainbow.
Where’s gold there’s war, so let’s head for some martial stuff at the end.
The last two pieces are from La Tène. There’s even a presumed celtic brain in a museum as the alluvial mud there was so good at conserving…
I’ve seen swords a chiliad younger that were not half as well-preserved as these…
At last, that’s one of the illustrations they used in the La Tène part of the exhibition. I liked it and think that it makes a good end for this post.
Be prepared for more celticist goodness soon, this time from Johannisburg castle!