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A golden exhibit for Spain

PUBLISHED: February 4, 2012 at 9:07 am  •  LAST EDITED: February 6, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Sevilla  •  10 Comments


A golden exhibit for Spain

• This bracelet is part of the 24-carat collection weighing three kilos


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IT has been kept locked away for years, with the public only having seen it five times since it was first discovered.

But now an ancient hoard of gold jewellery has gone on permanent display at the Archaeological Museum in Sevilla.

The so-called Carambolo Treasure is made up of 21 elaborately worked 24-carat gold pieces that together weigh almost three kilos.

The collection, which dates back to the Phoenician period, was discovered by workmen in 1958 on a hill in Camas on the outskirts of Sevilla.

Later excavations revealed the site was a sacred complex, dedicated to Astarte and Baal, thought to date back to the 9th Century BC and probably used by the Phoenician merchants who ruled Sevilla until the start of the 7th Century BC.

The gold pieces – which are remarkably well preserved – may have been used as part of the ritual for animal sacrifice.

Now, the new exhibition, split into four themes, will explore the treasure’s discovery, the characteristics of the Carambolo sanctuary, other river and coastal sanctuaries nearby, and the treasures of Ebora and Mairena del Alcor.

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PM

February 4th, 2012 3:09 pm

“THIS BRACELENT IS PART OF THE 24-CARAT COLLECTION WEIGHING THREE KILOS” What is a bracelent, please.

stefanjo

February 4th, 2012 9:37 pm

Ah Ha! O.P.= sneaky edit – again..

Web Manager

February 4th, 2012 9:54 pm

PM kindy pointed out the typo in the original picture caption – so we’ve corrected it. We’ve left his original comment in place too. What’s sneaky about that, Stefanjo?

stefanjo

February 4th, 2012 10:33 pm

Hmm, O.K.

nancy

February 5th, 2012 4:35 am

Thanks for writing about this astounding find. Being a museum geek, I have added the Archaeological Museum to my list.

PM

February 5th, 2012 9:14 am

I normally charge a small fee for proof reading

stefanjo

February 5th, 2012 5:33 pm

P.M. Is that why you didn’t pull O.P. for the “Kindy pointed out the typo” one?
(Cue fresh sneaky edit) Only kidding O.P.

Web Manager

February 5th, 2012 5:40 pm

It’s the weather! My fingers are freezing to the keyboard :-)

stefanjo

February 5th, 2012 5:44 pm

Hmmm O.K.

peter long

February 8th, 2012 9:29 pm

the phoenicians had staging posts across the mediterannaean and along the atlantic seaboard to cornwall,uk,at distances of one days rowing.there are many european sites yet to be discovered!




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