Egtved

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Egtved (55°37′N 9°18′E / 55.617°N 9.300°E / 55.617; 9.300) is a village with a population of 2,282 (1 January 2014)[1] near Vejle, Denmark in Vejle municipality in the Danish Region of Southern Denmark.

Nearby is Tørskind Gravel Pit, a spectacular sculpture park.

Egtved Girl[edit]

Main article, Egtved Girl

Near the village is a Bronze Age archaeological site (ca. 1370 BC) which contained an extremely well preserved burial. It was discovered in 1921 and is one of the best preserved Bronze Age findings in Denmark. It contained the well preserved body of a girl known as the Egtved Girl. On the site where she was found a barrow with a diameter of 22 metres and a height of 4 metres has been built. A 16 to 18-year-old girl was dressed in a string skirt, a short sleeved shirt with a woven belt and a bronze spiked belt disc. She was laid on a cow-hide and covered by a coarse woollen blanket. Lying next to her was a birch-bark drink container with remnants of a drink made of bog myrtle, cranberries and honey.

There is also a small museum describing the discovery of the rare find in detail and displaying copies of the Egtved Girl’s clothing, jewellery and buckle.This has allowed a very close look at Bronze Age clothing and hairstyles.

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  1. ^ BEF44: Population 1st January, by urban areas database from Statistics Denmark