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Ancient Bronze Hand Found in Switzerland Mystifies Archeologists
Gizmodo ^ | George Dvorsky

Posted on 09/28/2018 7:06:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The bronze hand and its thin gold cuff, along with a bronze dagger and a human rib bone, were discovered by the metal detectorists near Lake Biel in the Bernese Jura, about 28 miles (45 km) northwest of Bern, Switzerland, according to a Canton de Bern press release. The items were handed over to specialists at the Ancient History and Roman Archeology Department in the Bern Archaeological Service one day after the discovery.

The hand of Prêles, as it’s now called, is slightly smaller than an adult hand and was cast from about a pound of bronze, according to National Geographic. Radiocarbon dating of the organic, vegetable-based glue used to adhere the gold band to the hand’s wrist places the artifact to between 1,400 and 1,500 BC, back during Europe’s Middle Bronze Age. The archaeologists studying the hand, a team led by Andrea Schae, say it’s doubtful the hand was worn; a socket inside the hand suggests it was mounted on a staff of some kind.

...researchers managed to uncover more items at the site, including the bones of a middle-aged male, a long bronze pin, a bronze spiral likely worn as a hair ornament, more bits of gold foil (likely from the hand), and one of the sculpture’s missing fingers. The archaeologists say the hand was likely buried with the man, of whom we know virtually nothing.

Beneath the grave, the researchers uncovered a stone-based structure. Apparently, “the man and the bronze hand were deliberately buried over this older construction,” write the researchers in the press release.

A formal research paper to describe the findings is forthcoming, but the researchers are still trying to figure out if the items were manufactured nearby or imported from afar. They’re also struggling to understand the purpose of the sculpted bronze hand.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bronze; bronzehand; godsgravesglyphs; hand; switzerland
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1 posted on 09/28/2018 7:06:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SunkenCiv

pinGGG


2 posted on 09/28/2018 7:06:44 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

The guy was named ‘Lefty’...................


3 posted on 09/28/2018 7:09:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: BenLurkin

I am not saying.....


4 posted on 09/28/2018 7:10:26 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: BenLurkin

Terminator hand?


5 posted on 09/28/2018 7:10:46 AM PDT by Comment Not Approved (When bureaucrats outlaw hunting, outlaws will hunt bureaucrats.)
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To: Red Badger

Gotta hand it to you......


6 posted on 09/28/2018 7:11:01 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

How do they know it’s an “antique”?


7 posted on 09/28/2018 7:11:34 AM PDT by nesnah (Liberals - the petulant children of politics)
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8 posted on 09/28/2018 7:13:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Ancient Flying Fickle Finger of Fate?............

9 posted on 09/28/2018 7:14:15 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: BenLurkin

C3PO has been looking for that.


10 posted on 09/28/2018 7:15:25 AM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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To: rktman

MINE!!!!!............

11 posted on 09/28/2018 7:17:09 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: Red Badger

Excellent


12 posted on 09/28/2018 7:18:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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13 posted on 09/28/2018 7:21:46 AM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptor)
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To: BenLurkin

Merle Dixon might be looking for that.


14 posted on 09/28/2018 7:26:29 AM PDT by Weaponier (FREE TEXAS!)
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To: BenLurkin

THANOS!


15 posted on 09/28/2018 7:31:09 AM PDT by teeman8r (Armageddon won't be pretty, but it's not like it's the end of the world.)
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To: BenLurkin
Queue the big hair guy !!


16 posted on 09/28/2018 7:31:16 AM PDT by JesusIsLord
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To: BenLurkin

I KNEW I left that somewhere. I was SOOOO drunk at the time.


17 posted on 09/28/2018 7:37:27 AM PDT by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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dang it I had one all picked out to post myself


18 posted on 09/28/2018 7:47:28 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: MrEdd

Mr. Ginsu!.......................


19 posted on 09/28/2018 7:49:13 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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