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A woman from the Czech Republic finds an ancient medieval treasure

A woman from the Czech Republic finds an ancient medieval treasure

A European woman recently found buried medieval treasure in what archaeologists call a once-in-a-decade discovery.

In a press release translated into English, the Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ARUP) explained that the treasure was found by a woman who was hiking in Kutna Hora. The city is located in the Central Bohemia region of the Czech Republic.

The hoard consists of more than 2,150 silver coins, minted between 1085 and 1107. Experts believe that it was manufactured in Prague and imported to Bohemia.

“the [discovery was] “The coins are made of alloy, which, in addition to silver, also contains an alloy of copper, lead and trace metals,” ARUP explained in a May 16 press release. “Identifying this particular composition can also help determine the origin of the silver used.”

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A woman in the Czech Republic recently alerted authorities to a hoard of ancient treasures. (Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ARUP))

Archaeologist Philip Vilemski said the treasure was hidden during a period of political instability. The treasure was stored in a ceramic container that had been destroyed over the years, but archaeologists have discovered the bottom of the container.

“At that time, there were disputes in the country between members of the Premysl family over the princely throne of Prague.” The historian explained. ARUP says battles were common during that period, and believes the hoard would have been cash “to pay wages or spoils of war.”

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Experts say that the discovery of the treasure is one of the largest archaeological discoveries in the past ten years. (Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ARUP))

Velimsky added that the value of ancient coins was “unimaginable” during that time period.

“Unfortunately, at the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries, we lack data on the purchasing power of contemporary coins,” he explained. “But it was a huge amount, unimaginable – and at the same time, inaccessible – to an ordinary person. It can be compared to winning a million in the jackpot.”

Czech officials describe this discovery as “one of the biggest discoveries of the last decade.”

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The treasure consists of more than 2,150 silver coins. It was minted between 1085 and 1107. The coins will be analyzed and archived. (Institute of Archeology of the Czech Academy of Sciences (ARUP))

“More than 2,000 silver coins represented a huge sum for its time,” the ARUP press release said.

Historians are now working to process the coins, including subjecting them to X-rays and determining the material from which the coins were made. The artifacts will then be displayed during an exhibition expected to debut in 2025.


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