Archive for November 9th, 2008

Britain’s most important archaeological discovery found in a drawer

Sunday, November 9th, 2008

In 1808, archeologists excavated the Bush Barrow burial mound near Stonehenge. They found a dagger and thousand tiny gold studs the size of pinheads.

In 1960, one Professor Richard Atkinson borrowed the gold to study it and promptly died. His successor popped the goods in his desk drawer, which is where they stayed until he died 3 years ago.

Finally, his successor, Niall Sharples, found the gold studs, actually recognized them for a change, and will now return them to the Wiltshire Heritage Museum.

The gold pins, thought to come from Ireland, were fashioned by craftsmen in Brittany, France, and inlaid in an intricate herringbone pattern into the handle of the ceremonial dagger, which had an eight inch bronze blade.

It is the richest and most important Bronze Age grave on the Salisbury Plain and in Britain, according to experts.

And its riches were lost in a desk drawer for 50 years. :facepalm:

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