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The Zweeloo princess

In the middle of the fifth century AD, a prominent woman was buried just south of the ancient Drenthe village of Zweeloo. Her grave was discovered in 1952. A reconstruction of her clothing could be made on the basis of textile fragments and jewelry. The most remarkable item in her attire must be the string of huge glass beads around her waist. Around her neck she wore a necklace of amber beads. This is the largest find of amber in the Netherlands to date. Over her garment she wore a woolen cloak fastened at the breast with a large butterfly fibula of gilded bronze. This richly decorated brooch was made in Northern Germany, which could indicate that the ‘princess’ had contacts in that area, perhaps even relatives.