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The Sun Chariot's finding place
The Sun Chariot came to light September 1902 in Trundholm Bog, which had lain uncultivated since it was drained in 1799. New land was to be farmed and it was ploughed for the first time. Behind the plough was bog warden Frederik Villumsen.
The Horse
The Horse
The horse is 29.5 cm in length and weighs 2,640 g. It is a miniature masterpiece of casting art. Both the head and neck feature fine ornamentation which appears partly to represent the mane and partly the harness.
The disc
The disc
The round disc was cast with two arched plates of equal size decorated with spirals and concentric circles. It is 26.3 cm in diameter and weighs 1550 g. It is 4 cm thick at the centre. Only one side is covered in gold foil.
The Chariot
The Chariot
The Sun Chariot stands out from the other known chariots dating from the same period by reason of its six wheels. The overall length of the chariot is 59.5 cm. The underframe is also ornamented.
The Sun Chariot
The Sun Chariot was made in the early Nordic Bronze Age, circa 1400 BC. The Sun Chariot illustrates a conception of the sun being drawn on its eternal journey by a divine horse. The Sun Chariot stands as an icon of European pre-history and the religion of the Bronze Age. It is also Denmark's finest Bronze Age artefact, indeed the only one of its kind in the world.

The elegant spiral ornamentation on the gold Sun disc reveals that it was made in what is now Denmark, probably quite close to Trundholm Mose (Bog), where it was buried. The motif of the horse drawing the sun across the heavens was familiar throughout most of Scandinavia, although the complex spirals decorating the Sun disc of the Sun Chariot are area-specific to Denmark.

The image of the Sun and the horse are mounted on wheels to represent the sun's path across the heavens. The chariot does not reflect the beliefs of the period.

The Sun Chariot is on display in the Danish Antiquity section at the National Museum in Copenhagen. A copy can be seen at the Land of the Sun exhibition at Museum Odsherred.
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