Skip to comments.Bronze Age Golden Cup Unearthed in Italy
Posted on 10/26/2012 3:25:20 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The gold cup had been smashed and damaged in ancient times, and then finally under the plough... As reported, "No other elements -- from strictly the same period as the Montecchio cup -- were found in the gravel pit area: it thus must have been hidden away or placed there as a votive offering, although some information from the archives, presently under examination, might be able to link the cup to a finding of 13 gold objects, apparently from the Bronze Age, when a field in Montecchio was ploughed on January 18, 1782: unfortunately, the items were melted down. All that remains are lively descriptions from the period".
Regarding the three other similar cups found in previous investigations, one was discovered in Fritzdorf, Germany in 1954 (pictured right) and is currently exhibited at the Landesmuseum in Bonn, Germany. The other two are exhibited at the British Museum and were found, respectively, in Rillaton (Cornwall) and Ringlemore (Kent) in the U.K. The U.K. cups differed from the Italian and German cups in that they featured a corrugated external surface. It is thought that there could be a trade system relationship that links the cups.Â According to Dr. Filippo Maria Gambari, Superintendent of the Archaeological Heritage of Emilia Romagna, "this find ideally links this area of Italy with the henges of the United Kingdom and the area of North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany)".
(Excerpt) Read more at popular-archaeology.com ...
This article is not related but I think it might be interesting to some.
Thanks ml, I’ll check it out.
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Fritzdorf? You gotta be kidding.
Fritzdorf would make a great screen surname — “starring Ferdinand Fritzdorf”.
Or an Austrian hotel: “We’ll be staying at the Fritzdorf.”
“I hope they speak English; I don’t know any Austrian.”
Time was not kind to that cup.
They speculate that it dates to the first Tri-Wizard Tournament