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Bronze Treasures Beyond Belief: The Fabulous Dowris Hoard of Ireland

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 18:02
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Bronze Treasures Beyond Belief: The Fabulous Dowris Hoard of Ireland

Over 200 pieces of a precious treasure were hidden underground in Dowris, County Offaly, in Ireland. When the artifacts were discovered by farm workers in the 1820s, no one could imagine the importance of their find.

Trying to date this hoard isn't an easy task. The remarkable treasure has been dated back to 900-600 BC (the Late Bronze Age), however, some researchers suggest that the treasure belongs to the Stone Age – which is also logical. In Ireland, the Stone Age took place until about 750 BC. In other parts of Europe, this period is called Hallstatt culture C, but that group never arrived to Ireland. The people who lived during Hallstatt culture C/ the Stone Age/ the Late Bronze Age left impressive artifacts such as unique and high quality gold jewelry, tools, weapons, trumpets, and other artifacts that are greatly valued.

Part of the Dowris Hoard.

Part of the Dowris Hoard. (Trustees of the British Museum/CC BY NC SA 4.0)

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