Monday, April 25, 2011

Backyard Treasures

Somebody had a Good Friday last week.
An Austrian man, currently only being identified as "Andreas K." from Wiener Neustadt, south of Vienna, was doing a little landscaping on his property and dug up over 200 pieces of 650 year old baubles. 
How often is one digging around in their backyard and stumbles upon a treasure trove of medieval jewelry? Probably about as often as you would find me digging around in my own back yard period.

"Mr. K" actually made his discovery back in 2007 after turning dirt in his yard to expand on a small pond and noticed that he was shoveling more than gravel. He clearly didnt think much of it, as he packed away the pieces that he found and stored them away in a box in the basement, only to rediscover them years later after moving from the home. 
Like most, he took to the internet and began posting pictures of his findings where he quickly discovered the potential value of the items. It  the ornaments are now being described as "one of the qualitatively most significant discoveries of medieval treasure in Austria." 
-- "Austria's department in charge of national antiquities said the trove consists of more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments. It said the objects are about 650 years old and are being evaluated for their provenance and worth. 
While not assigning a monetary value to the buried bling, the enthusiastic language from the normally staid Federal Office for Memorials reflected the significance it attached to the discovery. 
"Fairy tales still exist!" said its statement. "Private individual finds sensational treasure in garden." 

SOURCE: News Network Archeology 

And Mr. K seems to be a modest fellow. He reportedly has zero interest in cashing in on his findings, and is considering donating the pieces to and Austrian museum.
Maybe he tucked away a pinky ring out of the stash for himself. ~vK

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