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Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia


Twelve bronze objects from the Late Bronze Age have been unearthed by archaeologist Juraj Malec from the Trenčín Museum in cooperation with the Hradiská Civic Association and the Regional Monuments Office in Trenčín.


Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia

Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia
Credit: Trenčín Museum

“Recently, we have been working in the mountain environment within the Trenčín Region as part of research aiming to uncover and save archaeological finds in unexplored localities,” Malec revealed in a statement.




“The hoard contained a full jewellery set for a woman’s outfit,” Malec said, adding that it had belonged to a wealthy woman.


Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia

Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia
Credit: Trenčín Museum

A massive shield clasp dominated the set. Other jewellery pieces, including two torcs, two bracelets and a multi-piece headband, were fastened to the clasp. Archaeologists also found two earrings, a pendant and two bosses.




The fact that the precious objects remained undiscovered for 3,000 years – not even by detectorists hunting illegally for treasure on ancient sites – is equally fascinating to experts. They used publicly available data to localise the fortified settlement where the jewellery was unearthed.


Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia

Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia
Credit: Trenčín Museum

The valuables were most likely placed in the ground temporarily to prevent them from being stolen by an enemy at a time of danger. But once the threat vanished, their owner did not return to dig them up.




After conservation and partial restoration, the jewellery will be exhibited in the museum.


Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia

Trove of Late Bronze Age jewellery discovered in Slovakia
Credit: Trenčín Museum

“The bronze objects are in very good condition,” Peter Martinisko, head of the Trenčín Museum, said. Hence, it should not take long for museum visitors to see the Bronze Age jewellery.


Source: The Slovak Spectator [December 23, 2021]



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