Not that far back, an ancient treasure stash of bronze weapons and jewelry was discovered in Transylvania, Romania. Archaeologists have dated these 350 objects, discovered in two separate sites, as belonging to the 8th century B.C., before the invention of currency or to the spread of writing in the region.
Among the riches of this ancient treasure, there were weapons such as short swords, spears and battle axes as well as jewelry like brooches, foot and arm bracelets, pendants, torques (a kind of neck ring), beads, and hairpins. “The majority of the objects are made of bronze, yet there are also weapons and tools made of iron,” wrote Corina Bors, a senior archaeologist with the National History Museum of Romania.
The archaeological site is called Tărtăria–Podu Tărtăriei vest, in Alba county. It was first discovered back in 2012 when a project for a new highway made plans to pass through there. The small ravine where this ancient treasure was discovered also offered other findings, such as: broken pottery and a burial site containing several bodies.
This time however, the discovery was immense and is probably the biggest yet found in the middle and lower Danube basin, dating from this period. The purpose for this stash is still unclear, but the paleontologists believe that it was an offering for a deity or the property of a wealthy war chief.
In any case, further analysis must be made in order to precisely date the objects and possibly even discover where they are from and who made them; sheding further light on ancient trade routes. Excavation work at Tărtăria–Podu Tărtăriei vest will resume in the summer of 2016.