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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 …

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…