Golden Shoes of Hochdorf


Jeffrey King
by Xuan Che
published on 17 June 2019
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A pair of thin, embossed gold coverings which decorated the shoes of the chieftain buried at Hochdorf around 530 BCE. This burial mound is associated with the Halstatt Culture, and is located near the remains of a Celtic village which contained several farmsteads. The man interred in the Iron Age burial mound is believed to have been a Celtic "prince" or chieftain.

The chieftain was about 40 years old when he died, and over 6 feet tall (unusually large for an Iron Age individual). He was wearing a birch hat, brightly coloured clothing, a gold torc, bracelet, and several amber beads. The grave goods also included a comb, a dagger, fishing hooks, arrows, and other tools made of bone, bronze, and antler.

From the Bern Historical Museum in Switzerland.

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Che, Xuan. "Golden Shoes of Hochdorf." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 17 Jun 2019. Web. 23 Jan 2021.

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