Monday, June 11, 2007

And now for some Mickey Mouse archaeology Archaeologists discover Iron Age Mickey Mouse
Archaeologists discover Iron Age Mickey MouseSwedish archaeologists have uncovered signs of a Viking precursor to Mickey Mouse. Among the objects found during excavations at UppÄkra in southern Sweden is an iron age figure bearing a strong resemblance to the classic cartoon character.

But archaeologist Jerry Rosengren from Lund University is confident that the bronze brooch - used as a clasp to fasten women's clothing - was in fact intended to represent a Lion King rather than a mere mouse.

"The find is from around 900 AD. It was probably a lion's head that originally came from France. It was however more than likely designed by somebody who had never actually seen a lion.