Sunday, September 25, 2011

Treasure Trove!

Hmmmm, it doesn't sound like the finder of this treasure trove had a good time once the authorities got wind of his discovery.  I wonder how much he was able to salt away elsewhere or sell before he got caught?  And I wonder, did someone turn him in, or was he very stupid about how he handled the discovery he made?  To quote a line from the X Files, TRUST NO ONE.

Jobless Bulgarian stumbles across ancient treasure worth $2 million
September 24, 2011 02:01 AM
SOFIA: A jobless Bulgarian man scraping a living by hunting for scrap metal has uncovered a haul of Bronze Age treasure worth 1.5 million euros, about $2 million.
The 42-year-old discovered the trove of jewellery, coins and tools potentially dating back 4,000 years among the roots of a tree in the northern town of Svichtov.

He initially kept quiet about the find but handed it over to authorities after being questioned by police. Under Bulgaria law such relics are the property of the state. It’s not known how long the lucky man underwent interrogation.

“This major discovery significantly enhances our knowledge of the Bronze Age,” archaeologist Pavlina Vladkova told Bulgaria’s 24 Hours newspaper.

“During this era,” said the expert from the Veliko Tarnovo province’s regional museum, “gold, silver and copper were already known, but use of bronze allowed the crafting of tools.”

Two bronze axes, seven pieces of gold jewellery and six golden coins make up the haul discovered earlier this month.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on September 24, 2011, on page 15.
(The Daily Star :: Lebanon News ::

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