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1,000-year-old Christian jewellery mould found in Switzerland


An archaeological dig beside a former prison in the southeast Swiss canton of Graubünden has unearthed a 1,000-year-old double sided mould that was used to forge Christian-themed jewellery.

1,000-year-old Christian jewellery mould found in Switzerland
Stone jewellery mould for crucifix, cross medallion [Credit: Archaeological Service of Grisons]
The concrete mould, which measures 9 x 8.5 x 3 centimetres, would have been used to forge up to seven different types of objects including earrings and a crucifix.

Experts from Graubünden’s archaeological services said that they reckoned the object dated from sometime between the 9th and 11th centuries.



The find is a rare one not only in canton Graubünden, but across the whole of Switzerland; such objects had previously been found only in Bern, Basel, and Winterthur.

Archaeologists have been digging since March in the area in and around the recently shut down Sennhof prison, and have come across what they describe as a small artisanal district dating from the Middle Ages.

1,000-year-old Christian jewellery mould found in Switzerland
Stone jewellery mould with eagle, cross medallion, brooch
[Credit: Archaeological Service of Grisons]
The dig will continue into the autumn. In the meantime, more research will be done to ascertain the nature of the recently discovered cast.

Source: Swiss Info [July 21, 2020]

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