A man who was mapping a forest for his orienteering club in western Sweden came within about 2,500 years of the Bronze Age treasure, informs BBC.
The treasure found by the man contains 50 items, such as necklaces, bracelets and other items.
Swedish archaeologists say that it is very rare for someone to find such a treasure in a forest. Ancient tribes used to leave such offerings in rivers or swamps. The objects were on the ground, next to some rocks. It is believed that the animals dug the earth, causing the objects to halve. He was estimated to be between 2500 and 2750 years of age.
Thomas Carlson says he noticed a metallic sparkle when he looked down to examine the map he was working on. At first, he thought that the objects were replicas because they were in such a good condition. He then wrote to a local archaeologist according to the Göteborgs-Posten regional publication.
This forest is located near the town of Allingsus, 48 kilometers from Gothenburg.
Archaeologists say that it is a “deposit”, left by a gang of gods. “The jewels are very well preserved,” said Professor Johann Ling of the University of Gothenburg.
According to Swedish law, any archaeological item found in the country belongs to the state and should be reported to the police or local authorities. Subsequently, a commission determines whether the award will be given and its value.
In Scandinavia, the Bronze Age occurred between 1700–500 BCE, followed by the Iron Age. The Iron Age continued until 800 AD, when the Viking era began.
A team of archaeologists from Gothenburg is now investigating the area where Thomas Carlson discovered.
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