About me

Who am I? Well, I am Sharon and I love archaeology and writing.

That is me, Sharon Ratke

That is me, Sharon Ratke (photo: Solosus)

I devoted my master thesis and my phd to guldgubber and wanted to devote a website to them as well, as they are a very fascinating artefact category.

I was born in Clausthal-Zellerfeld in Germany in 1979 to a material scientist father and an artist mother.

When I finished my German highschool in 1999, with Mathematics and English as majors, I started studying Old German Literature and German Language as major and New German Literature and Old History as minors in Bonn and finished in 2003 with a grade of 1,7. My masterthesis was about guldgubber and German law gestures and was a whole new theory to the usage of them. The masterthesis (in German) is downloadable here. For that I travelled to Bornholm and took a picture of every guldgubber that was found there until 2003. Thanks to Finn Ole Nielsen for allowing me to take all the pictures of the displayed and stored guldgubber at Bornholm’s Museum. So all pictures on this pages are taken by me and I would appreciate any mentioning of me when using them.

In 2004 I started my phd with the title “Guldgubber – a glance into the Early Iron Age” (German title: Guldgubber – Einblicke in die jüngere Eisenzeit). It was finished in 2007 and gone online in 2009 and can be downloaded here, but it is German. At the end of the phd, there is a catalouge of all existing guldgubber with a picture, a reference number and where it was found. If you need to work with guldgubber, go ahead and download the phd, because the pictures will work even, if you do not understand the German text. Currently I am working on a shorter English version of my phd, but that will take some time to complete.

My interesst and hobbies are writing and writing a lot, pre- and early history, costume and fashion design (and sometimes sewing them, too). I adore my cats, love listening the Heavy Metal and EBM music, dancing, and if I have some quiet time, I enjoy a good book.

Some of my publications:

Sharon Ratke: Guldgubber – a Glimpse into the Vendel Period. Lund Archaeological Review 15-16 ( 2009 -2010) , p. 129-160

Sharon Ratke und Rudolf Simek: Lagarnas gester och ritualer – nya rön i tolkningen av guldgubbarna In: Anders Andrén und Peter Carelli (Hrsg): Odens öga – mellan människor och makter i det förkristna Norden. Helsingborg: Dunkers Kulturhus, 2006 (= Skrifter nr 6) p. 184-189

Sharon Ratke und Rudolf Simek: Guldgubber – Relics of pre-christian law rituals? In: Anders Andrén, Kristina Jennbert und Catharina Raudvere (Hrsg): Old Norse Religion in long term perspective. Origins, changes, and interactions. 2004 Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2006 (= Vägar till Midgård) p. 259-264

Sharon Ratke: Rabenfedern. In: Sarah Nick (ed.): Aufruhr in Aventurien. München: Heyne Verlag, 2002, p. 291-321

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