Bronze Age gold belt with ‘cosmological’ designs unearthed in Czech beet field

A Bronze Age gold belt found by a beet farmer in the Czech Republic.

A beet farmer in the Czech Republic got the surprise of his life last month when he unearthed a thin, crumpled sheet of gold that turned out to be nearly 2,500 years old. The ornate object was covered in dirt but well preserved, inspiring the farmer, who wishes to remain anonymous, to send photos to archaeologists at the nearby Silesian Museum in Opava.

Jiří Juchelka (opens in new tab), head of the Silesian Museum’s archaeology department, told Radio Prague International (opens in new tab) (RPI) that the 20-inch-long (51 centimeters) object — made out of gold with inclusions of silver, copper and iron — was likely the front of a leather belt. “It is decorated with raised concentric circles and topped with rose-shaped clasps at the end,” he said in an interview with RPI. “It may be missing a few tiny parts, but otherwise, it is in perfect condition.” 

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