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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.

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Medieval knight's longsword found in Poland

 Mr.Wojciech Kot from Mircze, Poland found an intact late medieval longsword in a peat bog. The find has been handed over to Stanislw Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów. The exact location of where it was found is kept secret.
The sword has a cruciform handle and missing its original hilt, which would have been made out of either, antler, wood or bone.
It is corroded due to the time spent buried in wetland, but intact from pommel to tip. Its excellent condition reveals that there are no signs of it deliberately discarded.

The sword features a cruciform handle, it's original hilt would have been antler, wood or bone.

Mr. Bartłomiej Bartecki, director of Stanisław Staszic Museum in Hrubieszów said that it is possible that the knight was pulled into the mash or lost his sword in the peat bog. These items in original form had a surprisingly low weight of just 1.5 kilos (3.3 lbs) despite its size of 120 centimeters (4 feet) long.  The sword was an agile weapon for  knights in battle during the 14th century with its light weight, long reach and elongated grip for two-handed use.  A unique mark of an isosceles cross inside an heraldic shield is displayed on the back and the symbol represents the maker's mark engraved by a blacksmith.
Historical records reveal that the site where the item was uncovered was at first populated by few hunting lodges surrounded by forest.  The region was part of Ruthenia (Kievan Rus) at the time and later part of the Kingdom of Poland in 1366, following the dissolution of the Rus. A castle was built by the Polish governor in Hrubieszow during the late 14th century. It is possible that the knight to whom the sword belonged may have been in the area as there were employment opportunity at the time.
Archaeologists will carry out an excavation in hopes of finding additional related artifacts.The sword is currently in Warsaw, where it will be conserved, stabilized and analyzed by experts.  Any marks may be useful in helping to identify the owner, for example characters engraved on the blade's top, beneath the handle indicates a particular family or knight.  Following these procedures, it will be returned to the museum in Hrubieszów, where it will go on display.
Finds of this kind are often without knowledge of the area, specifically the exact spot where it was found.  Due to the responsible action of Mr.Wojcieh Kot, who declared the item, including the place of origin, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage will grant him a reward.


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