German treasure hunter finds Roman gold hoard
|The collected gold jewellery pieces on display on Tuesday as part of the cache|
of barbarian treasures unearthed in Rhineland-Palatinate [Credit: DPA]
"In terms of timing and geography, the find fits in with the epoch of the Nibelung legend," Axel von Berg, the state's chief archaeologist was quoted by German media as saying.
gold decorations from a ceremonial garment were found by illegal
hunters in a forest in Rhineland-Palatinate [Credit: DPA]
The haul, which was found near Ruelzheim in the southern part of the state, is now at the state cultural department in Mainz, but officials suspect they may not have all of it.
|Golden brooches from a ceremonial garment, displayed as part of the cache of late-antiquity|
barbarian treasures presented at a press conference in Mainz on Tuesday [Credit: DPA]
"The spot where the find was made was completely destroyed by the improper course of action," it said in a statement.
|Silver statuettes and other items believed to be part of the military commander's seat.|
The finder is thought to have destroyed the chair while digging it up [Credit: DPA]
According to Nibelung legend, the warrior Hagen killed the dragon-slayer Siegfried and sank his treasure in the Rhine river. The Rhine has shifted its course many times over the centuries, so the treasure need no longer be under water.
|Stone-inset silver bowl, part of the "barbarian trove" thought|
to be worth over €1m [Credit: DPA]
Rhineland Palatinate boasts the most famous stretch of the Rhine, dotted with castles and steeped in legend that has inspired German poets, painters and musicians.
Author: Madeline Chambers | Source: Reuters [February 19, 2014]
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