When unfolded, these ancient gold foil figures reveal embracing couples
Here, the best preserved of the gold foil figures that were recently found at the site of Aska in Sweden. All the figures show couples embracing. (Image credit: Björn Falkevik)
Archaeologists in Sweden have discovered nearly two dozen gold foil figures that have engravings of couples embracing each other.
The figures, which date back about 1,300 years, were found in the remains of a great hall on a platform mound, a human-made structure, at the site of Aska in Sweden. The researchers are still trying to piece together the broken figures to uncover more about them.
"Our best estimate is that we have 22 foil figures. The exact number is not quite clear because most are fragmented, and there is some uncertainty as to which fragments go together," Martin Rundkvist, an archaeology professor at the University of Lodz in Poland, wrote in a report recently uploaded to academia.edu, a site where researchers can upload papers. The report has not been published in a peer reviewed journal.