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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 jewellery
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
dates back to the 8th century, 18 carats and the inscription of eight names of cardinal and orinal 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 in to 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 occassion were a Mahakala
statue, which is estimated to be from the Shiva Hindu period in the …

Celtic brooch dating back to the Viking age found in Norway.

The brooch has wing-like features with patterns that represent a dolphin or fish.

A bronze Celtic brooch, dating back to the 9th century was found by a man metal detecting on Agdenes farm at the south end of Trondheim Fjord, mid-Norway. Experts believe it was made in a Celtic workshop, but stolen during the Viking raids in Ireland.
It is in pristine condition and features a bird figure that has two “wings” with patterns representing a dolphin or fish. These patterns reveal the date which the object was made. It was tradition for middle to lower class Viking women to be buried in a traditional dress and often jewelry which were stolen during raids.

Aina Margrethe Heen Pettersen is the curator responsible for examining Viking finds.

The location where the brooch was found has been mentioned a number of times in Norse sagas as a place where warriors gathered prior to sailing off to continue their journey towards the British Isles.

Aina Margrethe Heen Pettersen, a doctoral student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Department of Historical Studies provides interesting insight about the find. She says brooches like these were originally attached to a horse harness or religious items like books, a Bishop's staff or altar ornaments. The men who made it back alive after raids in Ireland or British Aisles gifted stolen objects to waiting female family members. The women turned the fittings into jewelry, and attached it to traditional Norse clothing as dress or belt decorations.

The jewelry was discovered on Agdenes farm, at the south end of Trondheim Fjord

The item was not discovered in the original grave, which indicates the grave was disturbed at some point which could have happened during ploughing or other farming activities.
 It is currently curated and preserved at the NTNU University Museum.


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