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A Medieval Lady’s Seal discovery

Started by gash, November 10, 2016, 02:57:23 pm

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November 10, 2016, 02:57:23 pm Last Edit: November 10, 2016, 02:59:03 pm by gash

A detectorist and long-time collaborator Svante Tibell found a seal matrix in the field next to Skällvik Castle this past summer. In the Middle Ages of Sweden, people of means didn't sign their names to documents. They carried seals around, with which they made imprints into chalk-mixed wax, and these were affixed to paperwork such as property deeds and wills. If you lost your seal matrix, you lost your ability to sign documents - and you theoretically gave that ability to whoever found your seal. When people died during this period, their seal matrices were carefully destroyed. Sometimes the pieces were buried with the dead person, such as in the case of Svante Nilsson (obiit 1512).

Read more : http://scienceblogs.com/aardvarchaeology/2016/11/07/a-medieval-ladys-seal/
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