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Amateur antiquarians uncovered two burials but the findings have disappeared in the meantime.
Detail of the tarsoly mounts of Bodrogszerdahely
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996

3rd grave of the Bálványhegy in Bodrogszerdahely, once Zemplén county of Hungary, today Streda nad Bodrogom, Slovakia.

Discovery of the finding:
In 1926, two amateur antiquarians discovered two graves at the Bálványhegy hillside, but the finds since then have been lost without a trace. Later in 1937, during the Czechoslovakian army building a chain of small bunkers - as part of their war preparations – the archaeologists of the Museum of Prague engaged in excavations there. Notes made of these excavations are rather confused, and they we not fully published up today. The later route of the finds is very uncertain as well. Hungarian archaeologists continued with excavations in 1941.


The mounts one fixed next to the other, covered a 13.7 cm long strap section. Size of the middle locking mount is: 46x46 mm; the upper palmette-ornamented mount: 18x12 mm; mount forming the head of a fox: 16x14 mm; ring 195x10 mm; small mounts with plaited ribbon design: 13x11 mm; strap end: 27x11 mm

Preparation method:


Detail of the tarsoly mounts of Bodrogszerdahely
Photo: József Hapák, data: Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
A bodrogszerdahelyi tarsolyvereteinek megtalálása kori elhelyzekedése.
Ancient Hungarians, Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum 1996
Drawing of the tarsoly mounts of Bodrogszerdahely
László Révész: Conquest age cemeteries at Karos

The cast bronze, diamond-shaped locking mount decorated with a trefoil palmette enclosed within a heart-shaped field was positioned in the middle of the tarsoly lid. The closing strap was threaded through a strap retainer device on the tarsoly lid, which fitted into the rectangular opening of the mount. The closing strap was adorned with two bronze mounts: one shaped like a leaf, another shaped like the head of a fox. The section of the closing strap above the tarsoly was gathered by a bronze ring. The section of the strap that was threaded through the strap retainer was adorned with ten small bronze mounts, each decorated with a double plaited ribbon design and a series of circles along the edge. The strap end was ornamented with the same design. On the basis of the well-known tarsoly “reconstruction research” the strap end certainly belonged to the locking unit of the tarsoly. Its closest parallel came to light from the Izsák burial. Its mounts positioned above the strap end are almost exact copies of those of Újfehértó

The user of this tarsoly was undoubtedly the member of the military escort of the high dignitary whose rich grave was discovered not far from this site, near the earthen fort of Zemplén.

Inventory number:

Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum, Budapest - 10/1941. 16-20.

László 1944, 436.; Erdélyi 1964, II. t.; Dienes 1964, 92-97.

Detail of a former map
The provenance of the tarsoly finding can be found on this map detail of Zemplén county from 1915.
Source: Map-collection of the National Széchényi Library of Budapest