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Oldest golden coin discovered in Slovenia first of a very rare type Alexander the Great stater

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A field in Bela Krajina, which was initially farmland, delivered a surprise find of an extremely rare golden Celtic coin dating back to 3rd century BC, which has only been found elsewhere in Europe before.  
It was attached to a bronze belt which was not intact enough to restore, but organic material preserved on the belt could potentially provide the possibility of carbon dating. The condition of the coin itself is well preserved.
Ceramics and iron weapons found in close proximity initially indicates the date to be around 3rd century BC.



It is the oldest coin found in Slovenia and a Celtic imitation of an Alexander the Great stater which features on one side an image of the goddess Nike and the other that of Athena.  
Celtic tribes brought the concept of using Staters as currency to Western and Central Europe, following their service as mercenaries in north Greece.  Gold staters were minted in Gaul by Gallic chiefs imitated the staters of Philip II of Macedonia, which found their way to …

Farmer receives €773,000 for discovery of bronze horse head which rewrote history

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A search of a farmer's land in Lahnau, Germany became very interesting when lots of bronze fragments were uncovered, the trail of buried fragments lead to a 36-foot well in which a bronze horse head, life-sized, weighing 28 pounds, covered with gold and adorned with golden leaves were found. 
The year 9 A.D marked the event of an ambush from German warriors on three legions of Roman soldiers led by general Publius Quinctilius Varus. The Germans destroyed their enemies, the surviving Romans retreated and set up a northern perimeter along the Rhine River. It was believed that prior to this event, Germans and Romans did not live alongside each other and did not trade either. However, along with the bronze horse head, a complete Roman settlement, dating back to 4 B.C, covering approximately 20 acres with no military buildings and no signs of battle, shows that the Romans were living next to and traded peacefully with Germans for years, right up until the Teutoburg defeat. 
It is be…

2,800 year old gold jewellery of royal origin found in Kazakhstan

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Some 3, 000 golden and precious items were found buried in a burial mound in a remote area at Tarbagatai mountains in Kazakhstan. It is estimated that the burial took place around 2,800 years ago and at that time the Saka people were residing there. The type of gold jewelry and other items which were found would have belonged to Royal or elite members of the Saka people. An expert explained that the grave is that of a couple who may have been a part of those who reigned at that point in time.



Among the finds are earrings in the shape of bells, gold plates with rivets, plaques, chains, and a necklace with precious stones.  
Gold beads were used to decorate clothing and were manufactured with a sophisticated micro-soldering technique which was developed by the locals and demonstrates exceptional artistic skill.


The discovery provides an interesting view of the history of the people who resided in Kazakstan during that time period. They clearly had expertise in developing sophisticated tech…

Mycenaean warrior's burial place with incredibly valuable artifacts discovered in Greece

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A bronze age tomb of a Mycenaean warrior dating back to around 1450 BC was discovered in an olive grove near the ancient city Pylos, southwest Greece.
The grave was inside a stone chamber and the body was buried in a wooden coffin. The skeleton of an adult male was found completely intact. The importance and wealth of this warrior is noted by the large amount of objects buried with him.  Among the discovered items are weapons, gold and silver jewels and precious artifacts providing an interesting new insight into history.

From the size and properties of the skeleton, it was concluded that the warrior was aged in his 30's and had a height of 5.5 feet (1.7m). Several ivory combs may suggest that he had long hair and an ivory mirror that he was attentive to his appearance.
It was difficult at first to determine the date which the burial took place.  Pottery is ideal for dating purposes, but this tomb contained none. However, further finds were made in close proximity of the grave wh…

Gold coil shaped bracelets found in County Donegal, Ireland

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Norman Witherow is a farmer in County Donegal, Ireland.  He made an astonishing discovery of four coil-shaped solid gold bracelets and they are believed to date back to the Bronze Age (2500-500 BC) or even older according to National Museum of Ireland.
The items were buried two feet deep, hidden under a rock, which protected them and was covered with clay.
Their likely use was that of jewelry, but could also have been some form of currency.  Research is currently in progress to uncover more information about them and so far there are no items exactly the same as these found.
It is expected that this golden treasure will be on display at the National Museum of Ireland soon.



Grave of warrior of significant importance found in Caucasus mountains

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The grave of a male warrior of significant importance was discovered in a hard to reach area, about 2,600 feet above sea level in the Caucasus mountains, near the town of Mezmay at Caucasus mountains of Russia.  The burial took place approximately 2200 years ago.

The body of the warrior was encased with a wooden coffin of which fractions remained and he was honored by including numerous gold jewelry and placing his 36 inches (91 cm) sword adorned with gold attachments on his body, among other weapons of which one is an iron ax and another an arrow. These weapons likely belonged to or were used by him. His tribe also sacrificed three horses, a cow and wild boar to add to the grave.


Among the finds are several pieces of pottery, a bronze mirror and two bronze helmets which displays carvings of sheep horns and random shapes.

Gold-working skills were highly appreciated in that era and a noteworthy artifact is a gold fibula-brooch decorated with a clear colored, rock crystal, positioned c…

Gold 15th century bishop's ring valued at £10 000 found in Yorkshire

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Adam Day is a 30-year-old lorry driver from Yorkshire.  He recently started a metal detecting hobby and is considered to be an amateur treasure hunter.  Never did he consider his newfound hobby would bring him fame and fortune so soon.
During a search on a farmer's ploughed field near Beverley Minster in Yorkshire he came upon an amazing discovery, a 15th-century bishop's ring made of 20-carat gold.  He recalls the moment when first looking at the ring he just pulled out of the ground and realized it was of significant value and says that he was shaking at the thought of what special piece of jewelry was right there in his hands.

The gold ring is skillfully crafted and engraved with St George and St.Catherine as well as several decorative floral emblems. Since Beverley Minster is close to the location where the artefact was discovered, it is believed that it belonged in the distant past to a bishop from the local church. It has been dated  to between 1450-1550.' The medi…

22 Gold plates dating back to the 8th century with divine inscriptions found in Jakarta

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A group of people discovered 22 gold plates with ancient inscriptions inside a box in  Ringilarik village in Java, Indonesia. 

One of the founders named Sumardi said that when they found it amongst a pile of rocks, it appeared to be a jewelry box which was clearly not of modern age and they were astonished to view the contents.

Mr. Gutomo, an official with the Central Java Heritage Conservation Agency (BPCB)  confirmed that the golden plates date back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and original directions of Dewa Lokapala's windgods is in ancient Javanese letter.



He said the founder and landowner will both receive compensation for this valuable discovery which provides insight into ancient history.   Following the find, the structure of a candi (Buddhist or Hindu temple) was also found at the same location.
Other findings in the area on separate occasions were a Mahakala statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the ni…