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The Eberswalde Hoard or Treasure of Eberswalde (German: Schatz von Eberswalde or Goldfund von Eberswalde) is a Bronze Age hoard of 81 gold objects with a total weight of 2.59 kg. [1] The largest prehistoric assembly of gold objects ever found in Germany, it is considered to be one of the most important finds from the Central European Bronze Age.[2] Today, it forms part of the Russian Beutekunst (see Looted art), i.e. the group of artifacts and works of art taken to Russia from Germany at the end of the Second World War.

DiscoveryEdit

The hoard was discovered 1 m below the ground surface on the May 16 1913, during excavations for a house within the grounds of a brass factory at Finow (Oberbarnim), part of Eberswalde in Brandenburg. The factory supervisor alerted Carl Schuchhardt, the director of the Prehistoric Department of the Royal Museums at Berlin, who acceded the hoard to that collection.

DescriptionEdit

The hoard had been deposited in a globular vessel with a lid. In it were eight gold bowls, which contained another 73 gold objects. The bowls were thin-walled chased gold vessels with copious ornamental decoration. The other objects included neck rings, bracelets and 60 wire arm spirals. 55 double spirals were tied into bundles. A gold ingot, a piece of metal shaped like a crucible and two smaller pieces probably represent raw material for the production of such objects.

Origin, dateEdit

The hoard used to be thought to represent the stores of a merchant, but more recent research assumes that the objects once belonged to a person of high status or power. The hoard is dated to the 10th or 9th century BC, i.e. the local late Bronze Age.

Later historyEdit

After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the Eberswalde Hoard disappeared from the Berlin museum, along with the so-called "Treasure of Priam". The suspicion that the Red Army might have removed both finds was denied by the Soviets for decades. After Russian president Boris Yeltsin admitted that "Priam's Treasure" was in Russian hands, the authorities ceased to explicitly deny that they also held Eberswalde Hoard. In 2004, a reporter from German magazine Der Spiegel located it in a secret depot within Moscow's Pushkin Museum. Negotiations about the return of such displaced material are under way. Reproductions of the hoard are on display at the Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte in Berlin and the Stadt- und Kreismuseum in Eberswalde. The Eberswalde replica is by local goldsmith Eckhard Herrmann.[3]

LiteratureEdit

  • Carl Schuchhardt: Der Goldfund vom Messingwerk bei Eberswalde. Berlin 1914.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Berliner Morgenpost, 01/02/2004
  2. Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung, 30/03/2007
  3. Märkische Oderzeitung, 24. Okt. 2006

Coordinates: 52°50′46″N 13°43′23″E / 52.84611°N 13.72306°E / 52.84611; 13.72306de:Eberswalder Goldschatz ru:Эберсвальдский клад

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