Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tillya Tepe

Tillya Tepe, or “golden hill” is a archaeological site that has produced many mystifying gold finds. The Cash4gold blog recently covered one of the most famous of the Tillya Tepe discoveries, “The Clasps of Tillya Tepe” however, a vast amount of other gold discoveries have been made at the site. Tillya Tepe is located in northern Afghanistan near the capital city of Sheberghan.

How significant is Tillya Tepe and its produced gold discoveries? The archeological site has produced a collection of about 20,000 gold ornaments dating back to the 1st Century BCE. Thousands of different gold pieces were recovered from the site made of pure gold and other precious minerals such as lapis-lazuli. Coins, necklaces, belts, were discovered, a completely intact golden crown was also unearthed.

Photo of the Crown of Tillya Pepe, currently on display at the British museum for audiences to adore.

Because of the age and context of the findings, they are considered to be priceless artifacts of history, and the collection of pieces currently travel as a group in the travel exhibit “Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World”. The tour is now in its fifth year, with hopes of bringing the ancient gold to the eyes of people all over the world.

Sources: http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/afghanistan.aspx

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