BRONZE AGE JEWELRY

Found near Lake Hattstatt in 2005, the Arikogel Hoard dates from the late Bronze Age and comprises 14 pieces of jewelry, including two ornate spiral bracelets and five pairs of simple spiral rings made of gold wire.  Made of double wire wound six or seven times to form a circle, the bracelets end in loops and are engraved with notches. The largest bracelets measure roughly 7cm in diameter; the smaller ones measure around 5cm across. Gold jewelry was typical of Central Europe in the late Bronze Age, between 1200 and 1000 BC.

The pieces of jewelry as well as other important prehistoric gold finds are on display in the new Gold Cabinet in Hall 11 of the recently refurbished Department of Prehistory.

© NHM Wien, Alice Schumacher