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This discovery represents the first of its kind in Central Europe.
During an archaeological excavation conducted in the town of Cierpice in central Poland, Arkadiusz Kurij, a member of the WELES historical exploration team, found more than 150 bronze fragments belonging to a horse bridle and a hatchet more than 2,500 years old.
The 156 pieces, dating from the 6th century BC., were discovered on a sandy hill next to the Vistula River wrapped in burdock leaves inside a leather sack when Kurij was conducting prospecting work in the study area with a metal detector, local media report.
After the discovery, the group of archeology enthusiasts reported to the authorities of the Torun Provincial Monument Protection Office, who were in charge of recovering the objects and will be responsible for conducting the corresponding scientific investigations.
For his part, Professor Jacek Gackowski, from the Institute of Archeology of the Nicolás Copernicus University, explained that «found objects indicate that the horse's bridle was highly decorative, as evidenced by the many tubular and ring-shaped harness pieces made of metal and wire«.
Likewise, the researcher pointed out that the bridle style points to an infiltration of nomadic societies, probably Scythians, into the Lusatian territory. «Perhaps the Cierpice treasure is a trace of dramatic events that could have occurred between the local population and visitors on horseback from distant lands.Gackowski added.
Research and conservation procedures will be carried out by an interdisciplinary research team made up of prehistorians, experts in archeometallurgy, art restorers, and biologists. Once completed, the pieces will be exhibited in a local museum.