August 23, 2010

Buried Treasure

Some of the oldest evidence of gold being used as ornamentation was discovered in 1972 at the Varna Necropolis in Bulgaria. Over 3000 gold artifacts were found in the graves which date back to 4600-4200 BC.

The find showed that as well as having sophisticated religious beliefs about the afterlife, a hierarchal status based on differences to do with male superiority was already firmly in place •Sigh• 

What is thought to be an elite male was found buried with a huge hoard of gold trinkets including, appropriately enough, a gold penis sheath.

These cute bull-shaped gold platelets were thought to venerate virility and warfare.

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