More than 130 years ago, a Polish farmer discovered a golden treasure trove from the sixth century B.C.E. Some of the artifacts were taken to a museum in Berlin, but many of the treasures were lost again, until now.
Archaeologists have finally re-discovered the fabled site, home to artifacts from the Scythians, a warrior group of nomadic invaders. Ancient Origins notes that the Scythians, a people of Iranian descent, founded an empire in modern-day Crimea. Some researchers believe the treasure belonged to Scythian leaders who died in battle with local culture, while others believe the Scythians offered them to local chiefs as diplomatic gifts.
The treasures include many animal-themed items, including a fish-shaped gold plaque and golden discs from a breast plate, decorated with animals. The 11 pounds of treasure also includes various pieces of jewelry and hundreds of gold bowls that resemble ancient Greek drinking vessels. The archaeologists believe the bowls were used in religious rituals, since they were found near a ceremonial spring. Check out more photos of the incredible treasure trove over at Ancient Origins.
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