Thursday, 4 June 2020

Roman gold necklace found in Austria

The discovered necklace weighs 32 grams and has a pear-shaped fastener at one end and a button at the other. It was made of a thin flattened gold ribbon and decorated with an irregular stamped ornament. Purity is 90%, with a slight admixture of silver and copper. The discovery was highly unusual.
Archaeologists did not find any other archaeological evidence of Roman presence at the site to better explain the origin of the necklace or it's location.

Such necklaces appear most often in richly-adorned tombs of the Late Roman period, but could also be from the latter end of the 3rd-4th centuries AD. This type of jewellery has never been found in Moravia before.