Monday, 24 September 2018

Bronze hand found in 3,500 yo burial

The bronze hand features a gold cuff, and was found in the 3,500-year-old burial of a man along with a bronze pin used to secure a cloak, fragments from the gold cuff, a bronze spiral hair ornament and a dagger. The find was originally uncovered in 2017 near Lake Biel in the western canton of Bern. Researchers didn't know what to make of it.

Radiocarbon dating determined the object was very old – dating back to the middle Bronze Age, or between 1,400 and 1,500 B.C. Metal objects in Bronze Age burials are rare, and gold is almost never found. The sculpture could have adorned a statue or been mounted on a stick and wielded like a scepter.