Archaeologists have made an astonishing discovery inside a prehistoric grave situated in Romania. They have discovered 169 ancient gold rings. They also uncovered 800 beads and a copper bracelet.
Archaeologist Călin Ghemiș of the Ţării Crişurilor Museum led this excavation. It happened at Biharia Commune in Bihor County, Crișana. The excavations also happened between March and June of this year.
Ţării, Crişurilor director Gabriel Moisa said in a press conference that the excavation of this treasure was a phenomenal discovery. He mentioned that this type of treasure doesn’t exist in Central or Eastern Europe.
Romanian News Outlet Agerpres noted that the grave belonged to a rich woman. However, her identity is still undercover.
The grave is a part of Copper age Tiszapolgár culture. The expected period of its existence is from 4500 to 4000 BCE. The place of existence is in eastern and central Europe.
Archaeologist Ghemis remarked that all the gold pieces from the Carpathian basin numbered around 150. But he says that in this sensational excavation, we have 160 ancient gold rings in just one inventory.
Archaeologists determined the sex of the skeleton based on its size and surroundings. The grave also had no weapons. So, the skeleton was not masculine.
Archaeologists questioned the intent of ancient gold rings in a grave. Nevertheless, the rings were an important piece of jewelry, even in those days. They also believe that the ancient women adorned the gold rings on her hair.
Research is underway to find the nature of gold. The bones are undergoing testing for DNA and Carbon-14 dating. Ancient gold rings will undergo conservation and cleaning. Finally, the museum will get hold of the gold rings for display.
The discovery of gold rings in a woman’s grave raises lots of questions. How was their culture set up? Does people at that time face discrimination based on gender, caste, or money? These questions open our minds to a new world of Archaeology.