OLD­EST GOLD

Fortean Times - - Archæology -

A gold bead 4mm in di­am­e­ter, found at a pre­his­toric set­tle­ment in south­ern Bul­garia, is Eu­rope’s – and prob­a­bly the world’s – old­est gold arte­fact. It dates to 4500 BC, 200 years ear­lier than jewellery from a necrop­o­lis in the Bul­gar­ian city of Varna, the old­est pro­cessed gold pre­vi­ously un­earthed, in 1972. [R] 11 Aug 2016.

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