Ancient Gold Jewelry Discovered

5 Sep

Ancient Gold Jewelry Discovered

Along with jewelry that I make and jewelry that I buy made ready to wear, I have also started a very small collection of ancient jewelry pieces. So far, I just have a few, but I love thinking about how someone actually wore these jewelry pieces at one time. Perhaps she was a rich woman or maybe she was just an everyday house wife, but we still tended to have the same tastes in jewelry.

Here is news of a fascinating jewelry find made recently near the Black Sea:

A 2,200-year-old set of gold jewelry was unearthed from a Thracian burial mound on Bulgaria's Black Sea coast, the archaeologist who led the excavations said Monday.

Daniela Agre said her team in late August found dozens of tiny jewelry pieces in the tomb of a woman, most likely a Thracian priestess, near the resort of Sinemorets, about 500 kilometers (310 miles) southeast of the capital, Sofia.

The discovery included two earrings, crafted like miniature chariots, as well as parts of gold necklaces, one decorated with a sculpture of a bull's head.

A tiny plaque that appears to be the necklace's fastener bears a Greek inscription, saying "made by Demetrius," Agre said, suggesting this could have been the name the nobleman who ordered the jewelry.

The artifacts were unearthed Aug. 25-27 during urgent recovery works at the Sinemorets mound, which was half destroyed, allegedly by a local hotel owner who thought the pile of earth was an ugly sight for tourists.

Most of the more than 160 finds, including gold and silver accessories and pottery, were badly damaged because the woman's body had been cremated, an unusual practice for this region, Agre said.

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