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Trove of Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Poland

Mariusz Sikora was out metal detecting in Lubnowy Wielkie, Poland when his detector signal indicated a deep non ferrous target. On the spot he found a trove of bronze jewellery which dates back to the Bronze Age.
Historical experts from the Galea association confirmed that these items are linked to the Lusatian culture.  Likely it was burial gifts. Bones were not found, as cremenation was custom in their culture, human bones would usually indicate possible human sacrifice.
Numerous caches containing metal work of both bronze and gold have been found throughout areas in Poland, grave sites containing tools and weapons are sometimes seen.
They also said that it is a great discovery. The site could have been easily overlooked, as it is fairly remote and cemeteries of this culture are most often quite large and there were no other graves in close proximity.
There were several pottery fragments too, but it is unclear if the pot was a single piece or if it contained something.

Extraordinary discovery of golden artifacts linked to relative of Alexander the Great

Several, very valuable and beautifully preserved golden artefacts were discovered with the help of metal detectors at the village of Sveshatari, Bulgaria, 400 km northeast from the capital, Sofia.

The gold artifacts were discovered  near the largest Thracian thomb, Sveshatari 

The find was made near Omurtag mount where the largest of 150 Thracian thombs of the Getae tribe was found in 1982.  This tribe was associated with ancient Greeks.

The Sveshatari thomb is considered significant and included in the World Heritage List of U.N. education and culture agency, UNESCO, for its unique architectural decor.

View of Sveshatari thomb inside

The find consists of 264 unique gold adornments and dates back to the 3rd or 4th century BC.
Fragments of a wooden box, containing charred bones and ashes, along with, among others, all gold items consisting of a tiara decorated with animal motifs, a horse head piece,  four spiral gold bracelets, a ring, several female figurines, believed to have decorated clothing, buttons and beads.

Unearthed: A splendidly crafted golden tiara with animal motif

Four spiral bracelets in process of uncovering

Several golden decorative brooches were found

Female figurines for clothing decoration
Horse head piece

Expert in Thracian archaeology, Prof. Diana Gergova, from the National Archaeology Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences explains that the treasure was likely wrapped in a gold-woven cloth because several gold threads were discovered nearby.
The items are believed to have been apart of a ritual burial, likely that of the Gath ruler Kotela, one of the father-in-laws of Philip II of Macedon - Alexander the Great's father.
A large number of artefacts were discovered in and around Bulgaria's Thracian tombs, over the years, which provides the most of the insight on their life and culture, as they had no known written language and left no enduring records.

The precious find is now on display at the Archeology Museum in the capital Sofia.


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