Romania recovers priceless ancient treasure

12 May 2011 8:31 AM | Anonymous

Romania recovers priceless ancient treasure
(AFP) – May 11, 2011

BUCHAREST undefined Romania has recovered more of a priceless ancient treasure, stolen years ago from the archaeological site of Sarmisegetusa Regia, the head of the national history museum said Wednesday.

A total of 232 artifacts, including a gold bracelet, two iron shields and gold and silver coins were bought back from a German collector, Ernest Tarnoveanu told a press conference.

The 933-gram (two pound) bracelet is the 13th such artefact recovered since 2005, Tarnoveanu said, stressing that 11 more bracelets, all dating from the 1st century BC, are still missing.

"These bracelets are the most spectacular Dacian artefacts handed down to us," Tarnoveanu said.

The Dacians, an Indo-European people conquered by the Romans in the 1st century AD, are the ancestors of the Romanians.

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