Swedish Orienteering Enthusiast Discovers Bronze Age Treasure

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A Swedish orienteering enthusiast working on a map earlier in April came across a stash of around 50 Bronze Age relics dating back more than 2,500 years, authorities said on Thursday.

Consisting mostly of ancient jewellery, the find outside the small town of Alingsas in western Sweden represents one of the “most spectacular and important cache finds” from the Middle Ages. bronze ever made in the Nordic country, the county administrative board said in a statement.

Among the relics, believed to date from the period between 750 and 500 BC, are “very well preserved necklaces, chains and needles” in bronze.

The objects were in the open in front of rocks in the forest.

“It can be assumed that animals dug them up from a crevice between the rocks, where it can be assumed that they had previously been lying,” the government agency said.

Tomas Karlsson, the cartographer who made the discovery while updating a map, at first thought it was just junk.

“It looked like scrap metal. Is it a lamp laying here, I first thought,” Karlsson told Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

He told the newspaper that he then leaned over and saw a spiral and a necklace.

“But everything looked so new. I thought they were fake,” he continued.

He reported the find to local authorities who sent a team of archaeologists to examine the site.

“Most of the finds consist of bronze objects that can be associated with a high-ranking Bronze Age woman,” Johan Ling, professor of archeology at the University of Gothenburg, said in the statement.

“They were used to adorn different parts of the body, such as necklaces, bracelets and anklets, but there were also large needles and eyelets used to decorate and hold different garments, probably woolen,” said added Ling.

Dino J. Dotson