THE OLDEST GOLD ARTEFACTS IN THE TERRITORY OF SLOVENIA

These extraordinary sewn-on ornaments were part of treasures deposited in the Bronze Age as an offering to gods on the shore of Lake Bled. The prestigious gold appliques also indicate that the lake was an important centre of a cult. Gold artefacts were a rarity in the Bronze Age and it is unknown where the gold for the ornaments' making came from. Similar sewn-on ornaments have been discovered in Switzerland, Bavaria and Hungary, mainly in the most important settlements.
The small perforations visible on the edges of ornaments that were made of thin gold metal, suggest the ribbons were secured to something, most likely stitched to a traditional garment, possibly headgear. The ornamentation bears markings of the solar and lunar year.
 
 
 
Details 
 
Object: Gold sewn-on ornaments from Bled 
Description: The oldest gold artefacts found in the territory of modern-day Slovenia 
Date/Period: 13th or 12th century BC  
Material: Gold 
Findspot: The shore of Lake Bled 
Location: Permanent exhibition Prehistoric Treasures of the National Museum of Slovenia at the National Museum – Prešernova
 
Further reading
  • Peter Turk: Drugi poznobronasti depo z Bleda. Potopljena preteklost: Arheologija vodnih okolij in raziskovanje podvodne kulturne dediščine v Sloveniji, str. 305–308, Ljubljana 2012.