The artifact was accidentally discovered by archaeologists-lovers
A group of archaeologists during excavations in Switzerland have discovered the oldest in Europe, a sculpture depicting part of the human body.
We found the hand, made of bronze and gold, about 3.5 thousand years ago. At the bottom of the arm was made of the hole, which, presumably, allowed to attach it to a stick or pole, said the archaeologists.
The artifact was accidentally discovered by archaeologists-lovers near lake Biel in the Western part of the country in the fall of 2017. Then they handed over the items found in the Archaeological service of the findings.
In addition to the hands of archaeologists-lovers found a bronze dagger and human edge. Specialists have said the hand was a bit smaller than a real human. The analysis showed that it was made of bronze and gold, and weighed almost 400 grams.
Gold and silver, scientists are unable to determine the time of creation of the sculptures, but they were lucky, as at the junction of two materials experts have discovered the resin, which managed to date the product.
The artifact was made of 3.4−3.5 thousand years ago and is probably the oldest image of a portion of the human body in Europe. The Swiss archaeologists and their colleagues from Germany and France, nothing like they are still not found.
This spring, professional archaeologists have again decided to explore the place where was found the first artifacts. During excavations scientists have found a burial with the remains of a middle-aged man, and in it a bronze pin for clothes and a bronze spiral, probably a hair pin.
In the burial, we also found a broken bronze finger coinciding with the fault at hand, and the remnants of gold “cuff”. This pointed to the fact that the artifact originally was in the grave, – said the authors of the study.
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