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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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To: Panzerlied

You and Helen Thomas were partying in Switzerland?................


21 posted on 09/28/2018 7:51:01 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: nesnah

It had a date on it: 1500BC...................


22 posted on 09/28/2018 7:51:25 AM PDT by Red Badger (Q............PREPARE FOR 'SKY IS FALLING' WEEK...........................)
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To: BenLurkin

“Talk to the hand”...


23 posted on 09/28/2018 8:18:00 AM PDT by chrisser
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To: Red Badger

“Dem bones,
Dem bones,
gonna rise again,
Gonna exercise the franchise again;
gonna tax us up to our eyes again;
and all because of
Dem bones.”
—li’l Abner


24 posted on 09/28/2018 8:21:10 AM PDT by gloriabeth (Jeaniebeth)
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To: BenLurkin

prosthetic device?

That is a lot of Bronze to waste on a hand, I would think blades would be more important during that time period.


25 posted on 09/28/2018 8:24:50 AM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: txnativegop
Conspicuous consumption -- waste, to others -- has always been a status symbol.

It could always be melted down for weaponry if needed, but fortunately it was buried first. Most ancient bronzes did not survive the armorers.

26 posted on 09/28/2018 8:36:00 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Red Badger

ROFLMAO !!!!


27 posted on 09/28/2018 8:38:20 AM PDT by mabarker1 (Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!!)
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To: BenLurkin
Photo of the original owner was found nearby.


28 posted on 09/28/2018 9:27:40 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: BenLurkin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks BenLurkin.

29 posted on 09/28/2018 12:11:47 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (www.tapatalk.com/groups/godsgravesglyphs/, forum.darwincentral.org, www.gopbriefingroom.com)
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To: Red Badger

What was left after Jason of the Argonauts got thru with the foe sent by Medea.


30 posted on 09/28/2018 12:50:50 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: pepsi_junkie

My thoughts when I read the title. :)


31 posted on 09/28/2018 1:21:29 PM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: SunkenCiv; BenLurkin

Oh, my goodness!
What a great story! LOL!


32 posted on 09/28/2018 1:33:36 PM PDT by Monkey Face (The soul usually knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.)
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To: BenLurkin

Bronze hand just doesn’t sound quite as cool as iron hand.


33 posted on 09/28/2018 4:01:48 PM PDT by Redcitizen (I don't always lurk, but when I do, Freerepublic.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Somewhere there are two arms and hands, one with a beckoning finger and the other showing two fingers (2 denarii) from the Venus de Milo.


34 posted on 09/28/2018 4:41:30 PM PDT by wildbill (Quis Custodiet ipsos custodes? Who watches the watchmen?)
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To: BenLurkin

35 posted on 09/28/2018 4:45:57 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Marxism: Trendy theory, wrong species)
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