A Swedish cartographer encountered some of the best preserved Bronze Age jewelry last month.
Tomas Karlsson was hiking in the woods outside Gothenberg when the light from the bronze necklace caught his eye.
Archaeologists sent to the site found a total of 50 items, including more than 2,500 years of bronze necklaces, rings and armbands.
They believed that the jewelry was intentionally placed there for the gods.
Such sacred sites are often found in rivers and streams, not in the forest, making the entire discovery more unique.
A Bronze Age artifact found outside of Alingsås, Sweden, directional fanatic Tomas Karlsson is updating the forest map when the light from one of the pieces catches his eye.
Karlsson, a cartographer and eastern observer, opened up a variety of bronze necklaces and other items while hiking in the woods near Alingsås in western Sweden.
Orienteering is a competitive sport in which participants travel through the wilderness using a map and compass, trying to reach certain checkpoints faster than their competitors.
Karlsson emerged from the show while updating the map last month and was initially thought to be a duplicate because it was in good condition.
‘Looks like metal junk,’ he said. ‘Is the lamp lying here? I thought at first. Everything looks so new, I think it’s fake. ‘
Pictured: Part of the necklace found in the wild. Experts believe that these items were placed in the crevices of the rock. But later dug up by an animal
Archaeologists have discovered 50 jewelry and all other artifacts, most likely of women of high social status in the Bronze Age Sweden.
Karlsson realized it was a genuine antiquity and was informed by staff, who sent a team from the University of Gothenburg and the Office of Cultural Development to conduct a suitable archaeological survey.
They found a total of 50 pieces of bronze, including well-preserved necklaces, chains, buckles and clothes pins.
They also discovered a hollow ax and a horse spur, previously only found in neighboring Denmark.
Experts make lists between 750 and 500 BC, the latter part of the Nordic Bronze Age.
During that period, the Scandinavian countries imported fine jewelry and metals from Central and Western Europe and were famous for their handicrafts and jewelry.
“ Most of the findings consist of bronze artifacts that could be linked to highly wealthy women of the Bronze Age, ” said Johan Ling, an archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg.
Archaeologists believe this is an ankle ring made of bone.Other findings include rings, buckles, and pins to hold clothing.
The tomb was discovered in Alingsas, Sweden, about 30 miles from Gothenburg.
‘They are used to adorn various body parts such as necklaces, bracelets and anklets. But there are also large needles and eyelets that are used to decorate and fasten many garments, possibly made of fur. ‘
Experts believe the site is “Treasury discovery” in which objects are deliberately placed instead of accidentally dropped.
It seems that the object was hidden in a crevice between the rocks. But later dug out by wild animals
It is not uncommon for valuables to be offered as offerings to the gods. But these gifts are often found in rivers and streams, according to Heritage Daily, not in the dense jungle.
These findings illustrate The ‘most beautiful and largest cache discovery’ from Sweden’s Bronze Age, according to the county executive committee in a statement.
The person who finds the antiquities in Sweden is generally paid a fee.
Karlsson told the BBC the award ‘would be a nice bonus. But it’s not very important to me. ‘
‘It was fun to be part of a historical expedition,’ he said.’We know very little about that era because there are no written sources of information. ‘