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Pipeline construction unearths treasure

Construction work on a gas pipeline in northern Germany has unearthed a trove of gold chains, thought to be an ancient form of bullion, which dates back 3,300 years.

The most beautiful find was made in the Gessel district of Lower Saxony, where 117 pieces of gold were found stacked tightly together in a rotten linen cloth. The hidden treasure is about 3,300 years old.

The 1.8 kilograms (4 pounds) of gold, which was found in a field, consists of some jewelry, but primarily spirals of gold wire, which are tied together in chains consisting of 10 spirals each. This isn’t jewelry, but an ancient form of gold bullion.

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Story: Matthias Schulz, Spiegel | Photo: DPA

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