The hair of a woman who lived 6,500 years ago contained an incredible treasure of ancient gold rings, which archaeologists in Romania have found.
According to the Romanian publication Agerpres, a team from the ării Crişurilor Museum in Oradea, Romania, found the treasure in a Copper Age burial. It contained 169 gold rings, 800 bone beads, and an elaborate spiraling copper bracelet.
This year, the study was conducted on the road that connects Oradea to Romania’s A3 highway.
Archaeologists assumed the skeleton belonged to a lady due to its size and the fact that it was interred without the use of any weapons. She was tall and well-fed, and the skeleton also revealed that, in addition to the proof provided by her teeth’s high health, she was of aristocratic status.
Under the supervision of Dr. Călin Ghemiş (Museum of Ai Crisurilor), Dr. hab. Molnar Kovacs Zsolt (Faculty of History and Philosophy of Babeş – Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca), and Dr. Adrian Ursuţiu (Archaeo Center UBB – Institute of Archaeology and Art History, Romania), MTC archaeologists conducted archaeological research between March 29 and June 25 with the help of other
It’s a fantastic discovery. Central and Eastern Europe is no longer home to such a gem. Given that gold had only recently been discovered in the Eneolithic, this is a peculiar situation, historian and MTC director Gabriel Moisa told Agerpres.
“It appears to have been the grave of a very wealthy woman. Here in Sîntandrei, we are unaware of her identity. When everything is ready, we shall display the prize once more.
The gold trove is the most significant and pertinent discovery from an archaeological and heritage perspective, according to Dr. Călin Ghemiş, an archaeologist who serves as the coordinator of the archaeological sites.
He also adds, “Extremely rich for the Copper Age period, estimated to be circa 4,500 BC.
There is more to discover.
The woman who buried the artifacts is a subject of interest to the museum. In labs in Marosvásárhely, Romania, and Holland, the bones were carbon-dated and their DNA was examined.
If the rings were made of gold from the Transylvanian Archipelago, Moisa added, “we want to know what kind of culture the person belonged to.”
According to a statement on the museum’s Facebook page, more digs along the path of a new highway being built in Romania have uncovered artifacts from the Neolithic, Bronze Age, Roman Empire, and Medieval eras.
Regarding ării Crişului Museum
The Losif Vulcan Memorial Museum, the Aurel Lazăr Memorial Museum, the Ady Endre Memorial Museum (museums that are part of the Memorial museums, social groups, and history of the minorities), and the Vadu Crişulu Museum comprise the ării Crişurilor Museum, a complex of museums under the jurisdiction of the Bihor County Council, and are of significant cultural significance in Romania.
Due to the museum’s extensive collection—more than 450.000 pieces—it is ranked fifth in Romania by the Ministry of Culture’s statistics.