Anna Månsdotter - the last women to be executed in Sweden
Crown jewels by The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm. But has it been worn by a royalty? It is 23 cm in diameter and would have fitted badly, resting uncomfortable on the shoulders. We do not know, it is still a mystery. Somehow, the gold collar has been hidden away in the ground, forgotten and not found until the 19th century by a crofter.
An important reminder: Vikings got around! This is a statue of Buddha, make in India during the 6th century CE, probably in the Swat Valley. But he was FOUND at the Iron Age settlement at Helgö in Uppland, Sweden! How did he get to Sweden? Perhaps he was transported along the Silk Road to Europe and then carried by a merchant as a gift; Helgö was a prosperous merchant town. But we should never forget that one of the most heroic epithets a Viking man or woman could carry was "Far Traveler". ...