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201705 - Balkans - Stone Age king with Earliest Wrought-Gold Artifacts - 39 of 101 - Varna - Varna, May 25, 2017 | by mrflip
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201705 - Balkans - Stone Age king with Earliest Wrought-Gold Artifacts - 39 of 101 - Varna - Varna, May 25, 2017

Varna cemetery found 1976 dated to 5000s BC three graves including oldest known wrought gold

* Grave of 35yo king with golden scepter, large gold armbands, buttons from a cloak. Also copper and stone axes

* Amount of gold in this one grave as much as total gold found anywhere from this same period

* Shells from Mediterranean -- there was trade

* We have found necropolis but not the corresponding city

* Copper came from the SW Black Sea coat and from east Thrace. Varna was metallurgical center for the East Balkan Peninsula

* Most pots found in graves were smaller shoddier symbolic replicas of pots used in household. Rich graves had full sized pots with thin walls and high aesthetic standard

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Taken on May 25, 2017