People will have the opportunity to view a unique gold head ornament from the Bronze Age, which was found last year during plowing in Opava-Kateřinky. The original together with the 3D reconstruction will be on display at lectures at the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno on Friday and Saturday.
The headdress measures 50 centimeters and, according to conservators, its form has changed at least three times in the past. “From today’s point of view, the object was not pure gold, there is an admixture of about 14 percent silver and about one percent copper. Gold for production was obtained by panning. Thanks to the use of microscopic documentation, we discovered that the sheet metal was repeatedly beaten up to three times, the decoration was therefore changed, which is a discovery that has no parallel yet,” said Matěj Kmošek from the Institute of Archeology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic in Brno in the Pár Praslenov podcast.
“We can find a similarity in younger written sources in the form of a palimpsest – that is, written sources from which someone has scratched or erased the original text and written a new one,” added Kmošek in a press release of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
The golden jewel was discovered last year by a private farmer while working in the field. It is now part of the archaeological collection of the regional museum at Bruntál Castle. It was on display there last week.