AUSTRIA – An Austrian man found 200 medieval ornamental objects – 650 years old – while digging in his garden.
The Austrian Federal Monument Agency (BDA) reported a “fairy tale” find on Good Friday. The discovery is called one of the “qualitatively significant medieval treasure finds.” The objects were found in the vicinity of Wiener Neustadt.
A presentation will be made on May 2nd (11.00 clock) in Vienna’s Hofburg. There a “large number”, about 150 pieces of jewelry items will be shown. The BDA, as a competent professional institution, is advising the finder, who wishes to remain anonymous and intends that “this important cultural heritage” find be made” available to the public” after a scientific investigation.
According to a press release by the Bundesdenkmalamt (Federal Monument Agency (BDA)), the man was digging to expand a small pond in his backyard garden when he found the buried treasure consisting of hundreds of pieces of centuries-old jewelry and other precious objects.
The ancient ring is pictured above. Here’s a buckle with pearl inlay:
Austria’s BDA, in charge of national antiquities, said the treasure trove consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments. It says the objects are about 650 years old and are being evaluated for their provenance and worth.
Some of the ornaments contain jewels as well as beads, stones, and fossil corals. The monetary value of the treasure will be estimated only after completion of all investigations.
Here’s the brooch:
The findings were “initially surrounded by moist lumps of earth” such that “their forms were barely visible. The man eventually “cleaned them with common household cleaning products.
An amateur archaeologist encouraged the finder to report his discovery to the BDA, the responsible authority – which he did.
Here’s the belt buckle with figural representations: