Bronze Age treasure hoard found in Czech Republic

Archaeologists from the Podřipské Museum in Roudnice nad Labem have announced the discovery of a Bronze Age treasure hoard in the Ústí nad Labem Region of the Czech Republic.

The hoard was first identified by a detectorist near the town of Budyně nad Ohří, who brought the discovery to the museum for further investigation.

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The hoard consists of nineteen bronze objects, which includes eight bangles (bracelets or anklets), eight axe heads, two long ball-headed pins, and a spearhead.

According to the researchers, the hoard is an intentional deposit which was buried during the Middle Bronze Age around 3,000-years-ago.

Martin Trefný from the Podřipské Museum in Roudnice nad Labem, said: “These objects are typical of the Middle Bronze Age, although one of the axes is even older, dating to the Early Bronze Age approximately 3,500 years-ago.”

It is unclear whether the hoard was a votive offering or buried for security. However, archaeologists are currently using X-ray fluorescence to analyse the metal composition, which may shed light on the associated culture by analysing comparable data results.

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Trefný further explained that experts will focus on the trasology of the axe blades, by conducting microscopic photography to understand the ancient smithing techniques used in the manufacturing.

The hoard objects are currently undergoing conservation. Once treatment is complete, they will be displayed at the Podřipsko Museum in early 2025. The discovery site is being kept confidential to allow further research and prevent illegal looting and disturbance.

Header Image Credit : Lucie Heyzlova

Sources : Podřipské Museum in Roudnice nad Labem

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Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
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