Bronze Age dagger unearthed in Slovakia

A local man has found a unique Bronze Age dagger on the banks of the Slanec stream in Hriňová. The dagger is probably between 3200 and 3600 years old. More specific data will be available after more detailed research by preservation offices.

Bronze Age dagger unearthed in Slovakia
Credit: Jozef Poliak, TASR

“It is the oldest finding from the area around our town and may reveal significant new historical connections to the region,” said the Hriňová project manager, Michal Machava, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Until now, Roman coins from the first century have been the oldest discoveries from the area.

The bronze dagger was particularly well preserved and was handed to the Regional Monument Board in Banská Bystrica.

Archaeologist Ján Beljak from the Zvolen department of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Nitra said that the finding is unique because nothing from this time period has ever been found in the mountain area of Hriňová before.

“We are assuming that in the future we will also discover a Bronze Age settlement in the same vicinity,” he said, as quoted by TASR.

Source: The Slovak Spectator [October 23, 2018]

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9,000-year-old seal unearthed in southern Turkey

An ancient seal dating back to some 9,000 years ago was unearthed at a mound in the southern coastal Turkish city of Mersin.

9,000-year-old seal unearthed in southern Turkey
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The seal – dating back to 7,000 BC – was uncovered in excavations at Yumuktepe Höyük, located four kilometers west of the city center.
During the two-and-a-half month excavations in the mound, the team of 25 – led by Isabella Caneva, an archaeology professor at Italy’s Lecce University – discovered an arrowhead belonging the Neotlithic era and scores of sling stones in addition to the seal.

The seal is incised with geometric patterns was used to mark ownership of property, or perhaps even provenance in a developing trade system.

“The obsidian arrowhead which belongs to the Neolithic period was removed and a large number of sling stones which were used for counting the Chalcolithic layer with a geometric pattern seal were discovered,” Caneva said.

The team acquired a great deal of information about the region’s history during the excavation, she added.

Source: Anadolu Agency [October 23, 2018]

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