Iron Age "Mickey Mouse" Found
Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
June 15, 2007 — One thousand years before the cartoon character Mickey Mouse was even a glint in Walt Disney's eye, a French artist created a bronze brooch that looks remarkably like the famous rodent, according to archaeologists at Sweden's Lund Historical Museum, which houses the recent find.
The object, dated to 900 A..D., was excavated at a site called Uppåkra in southern Sweden.
Although made of bronze, the brooch ornament likely adorned the clothing of an Iron Age woman. Excavations at nearby sites, such as at Järrestad, have yielded other unusual pieces of jewelry, such as a necklace with a pail fob at the end and another necklace strung with 262 pieces of amber.
The bronze brooch may remind modern viewers of Mickey Mouse, but archaeologist Jerry Rosengren from Lund University told Discovery News that it actually represents a lion.
Mickey, Is That You?
Actually, archaeologists who recovered the Mickey-like ornament explain it was crafted to be a lion by an artist who likely never saw a real lion.