In a forest near the town of Alingsas, Tomas Karlsson, A Swedish cartographer and orienteering enthusiast was working on a map when he saw something metallic glistening. This was no ordinary metal scrap; he had stumbled upon something truly extraordinary: 50 Bronze Age relics dating back over 2,500 years.

Mainly consisting of ancient jewellery, the find represents one of “the most spectacular and largest cache finds” from the Bronze Age ever in the Nordic country, the County Administrative Board said in a statement.

Among the relics, believed to be from the period between 750 and 500 BC, are some “very well-preserved necklaces, chains and needles” said Prof Johan Ling, lecturer in archaeology at Gothenburg University. “Most of the items can be linked to a woman or women of high status from the Bronze Age,” he said, quoted by regional newspaper Goteborgs-Posten.

The objects were lying out in the open in front of some boulders out in the forest.

At first, Karlsson thought it was junk. “It looked like metal garbage,” he told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper. When he examined closely he saw a spiral and a necklace. “But it all looked so new. I thought they were fake,” he continued.

He reported the find to local authorities who sent out a team of archaeologists to examine the site.

“Presumably animals have dug them out of a crevice between the boulders, where you can assume that they had been lying before,” the County Administrative Board said.

From : pk.mashable.com

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