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    Historic find is pure gold! Jan 14 2004 By Tony Collins, Evening Mail Historic find is pure gold! Jan 14 2004 By Tony Collins, Evening Mail City archaeologists
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      Historic find is pure gold!

      Jan 14 2004




      By Tony Collins, Evening Mail





      Historic find is pure gold! Jan 14 2004




      By Tony Collins, Evening Mail


      City archaeologists have struck gold - with a major Bronze Age
      discovery in eastern Europe.





      A team of experts from the University of Birmingham has discovered
      what may be one of the most important archaeological sites of the last 50
      years, in a riverbed in Croatia.

      Items recovered from the river include more than 90 swords, a Roman
      legionnaire's dagger complete with sheath, more than 30 Greco-Illyrian
      helmets, plus numerous items of jewellery, axes and spearheads.

      It is believed a large number of objects were thrown into River Cetina
      deliberately, possibly as offerings to gods.

      Initial surveys of the site indicate that the remarkable finds span a
      period of history from 6,000 BC onwards.

      These include 33m long timbers, clearly visible from the riverbank,
      which show evidence of late Neolithic or early Bronze Age wooden
      settlements.

      Project leader Dr Vincent Gaffney, director of the university's
      Institute for Archaeology and Antiquity, described the find as a "once in a
      lifetime discovery" for any archaeologist.

      He said: "The Cetina Valley is certainly the most remarkable site that
      I have, and will ever, have the privilege of being involved in.

      "As the majority of the Cetina Valley site is waterlogged, the level
      of preservation is quite exceptional. I believe this to be one of the most
      important archaeological wetlands in Europe."

      Sediments in the river valley also provide an environmental record
      covering around 10,000 years, offering an insight into the everyday life of
      the people who would have lived there.

      The Birmingham University team is to return to the site in May to
      carry out an extensive survey.



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