A 2,500-year-old treasure trove accidentally found in Sweden

(ORDO NEWS) — A Swedish cartographer, who was updating a diagram of one of the local forests in April 2021, accidentally discovered the treasury of the Bronze Age. He did not have to excavate – the cache of jewelry lay right on the surface of the earth. 

At first, the man thought that he had found another metal debris. But after examining the details, he realized that he was dealing with some kind of jewelry. The things looked like new, so he began to question their authenticity. 

The cartographer was convinced that he had found truly ancient artifacts only when archaeologists arrived at the place of discovery. In this article, we will look at photographs of millennial jewels and find out how they could have appeared in plain sight. After all, usually treasuries lie deep underground, and in this case, the man was very lucky to find jewelry almost under his feet.

The Bronze Age is the era of human history in which people made most of the tools from bronze. This material was obtained by ancient people by processing copper and tin, which were mined from ore deposits.

Bronze Age treasures

The amazing find of the Swedish cartographer was told in the scientific publication Science Alert. A man named Tomas Karlsson was mapping the forests near the Swedish town of Alingsas when he noticed metal objects behind the boulders. What initially appeared to him as a lamp turned out to be a precious spiral and necklace. They looked brand new, so at first he got that he had found fakes. To find out the truth, he reported the find to the local authorities and they sent archaeologists to the site. This is where the fun began.

According to archaeologist Johan Ling, most of the items in the treasury are made of bronze and clearly belonged to women of high social status. The age of the treasury was estimated at 2,500 years. Among the artifacts, scientists managed to find accessories with which they adorned their bodies: necklaces, bracelets, and so on. In addition to them, needles and loops were also found, with the help of which jewelry was attached to clothes. Studying these objects, the researchers came to the conclusion that the clothes of women of those times were made of wool, but what caused this assumption is completely unclear.

It is one of the most impressive and largest Bronze Age secret finds in Northern Europe, in a statement by the District Administrative Council. The relics are believed to have been made between 750 and 500 BC. A few necklaces and chains are especially well preserved among them. How they did not lose their beautiful appearance is unknown. Perhaps they were well protected from external influences. As for how they suddenly ended up on the surface of the earth, scientists believe they were dug up by wild animals. They have no other assumptions – could not a person have dug them up and left them on the spot?

Life in the Bronze Age

The life of people in the Bronze Age was different and depended on where in the world they were. For example, in Europe, trade relations have already been established between different civilizations. Most of the items, as you can understand, were made of bronze, which was obtained by alloying copper with tin. The sailors were able to navigate the water.

The Bronze Age in every part of the world came at a different time – the beginning of this era was always considered the moment when stone tools were replaced by analogs from bronze. In China, it is very difficult to determine exactly when the Bronze Age ended. The fact is that after the invention of iron, the Asian peoples did not stop using bronze products, but used them on an equal footing.


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