Switzerland, small Bronze Age treasure discovered in a forest


In the canton of Thurgau in German-speaking Switzerland, a small treasure with jewelry and weapon parts from the Bronze Age has been discovered.

A treasure from theBronze Age has been discovered in the forest of Tättebüelwald in the canton of Thurgau in German-speaking Switzerland. The extraordinary find was made by a man who used to go in search of Roman artifacts with a metal-detecting probe: hidden in a small rill in the ground were bronze objects and jewelry, including rings, decorated bracelets, ornaments, needles, an arrowhead, anklets, and spirals. The man alerted archaeologists to the lucky find that occurred during his exploration.

The small treasure has been dated by archaeologists from the canton of Thurgau to around 1200 B.C. and consists of both jewelry and weapon parts. In addition, fragments of pottery were also found, so it was thought to be a funerary deposit, but archaeologists believe it is more likely to be a votive offering or buried treasure. “Some parts of the objects were already deformed, broken or damaged by heat,” they point out.

Irene Ebneter, director of collections at the Archaeological Office of Canton Thurgau, called this “an exceptional and very important discovery from a scientific point of view.” It is not known why an arrowhead was found among so many pieces of jewelry; the practices of Bronze Age cultures, in contrast to the vast documentation of the Roman period, are not documented by historical sources outside of archaeology. "Some mysteries will probably remain unsolved forever," Ebneter concluded.

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Switzerland, small Bronze Age treasure discovered in a forest
Switzerland, small Bronze Age treasure discovered in a forest


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