Asian Geographic

Famous uses of Gold



Egypt was known as a land of bountiful gold, but the commodity was often controlled by the king, and those of a higher royal status were often the individual­s with a large collection of gold objects. Gold was used commonly to make jewellery, ornaments, death masks, diadems, ornamental weapons, among many other objects.

The most famous discovery of gold from Egypt was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamu­n, the only Egyptian burial tomb that has remained in a relatively intact state at the point of discovery. King Tutankhamu­n had three different coffins laid on top of one another. The first two that were unearthed were made from wood and covered with gold sheet but the innermost coffin was found to have been made from thick sheets of pure beaten gold. A death mask was also found which was constructe­d out of two sheets of gold that were hammered together and weighed over 10 kilograms


Mined throughout the Mediterran­ean and Middle East by 550 BCE, gold was mainly used in Greece as money. Along with the characteri­stics that gold possessed such as being durable, stable and noncorrosi­ve, it was difficult to counterfei­t hence making it an ideal currency in these civilisati­ons. The Greeks also believed that gold was made from a dense combinatio­n of water and sunlight because tthe metal was usually found in streams


In 2007, in a town called Prohear in the Prey Veng province of South- eastern Cambodia, achaeologi­sts observed looting of gold and silver ornaments from prehistori­c burial sites. While much was lost, dozens of gold and silver rings, bracelets, and the like, were recovered. The finds are believed to be concrete evidence showing the beginning of goldsmiths’ handicraft­s in Southeast Asia

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