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5,000-year-old copper ax uncovered in Switzerland

A copper ax dating back 5,000 years has been found at the northern foot of the Alps. "It was a very efficient general-purpose ax, especially proper for woodworking," said Gishan Schaeren, an archaeologist with the Office for Monuments and Archaeology in the Swiss canton (or state) of Zug. But in addition

Bronze Age “lunch box” unearthed in Switzerland

A 3,500-year-old wooden box containing traces of grains has been found on Lötschberg Mountain in Switzerland. Such discoveries are rare. Only one other similar artefact has been discovered, found in another alpine pass, the Schnidejoch, about 25km to the west of the Lötschenpass. Perhaps the most famous discovery from the ice-packed

Odd Roman pot found in Switzerland

A Roman cooking pot filled with oil lamps, each containing a coin, has been found at the site of Vindonissa in Switzerland. “What astonished us was the quantity and the combination of coins and lamps,” said Aargau cantonal archaeologist Georg Matter. “We suspect this is a ritual burial,” he said, but stressed

Hoard of Roman coins found in Switzerland

A hoard of Romain coins dating back 1,700 years has been uncovered in northern Switzerland. A trove of more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins dating back to ancient Rome, uncovered this summer in the orchard of a fruit and vegetable farmer, has been described as one of the biggest treasures

Children’s skulls found at edges of Bronze Age villages

The skulls of children have been found at the edges of Bronze Age villages built on stilts in Germany and Switzerland. The children's skulls were discovered encircling the perimeter of ancient villages around lakes in Switzerland and Germany. Some had suffered ax blows and other head traumas. Though the children probably weren't

Tsunamis flooded medieval Geneva, Switzerland

New findings have revealed that nearly 1,500 years ago a tsunami cause massive flooding in Geneva, Switzerland. The team analyzed a massive sediment deposit at the bottom of the lake's easternmost corner and determined that the material had once sat above the lake and had slid all at once into the

Swiss court confiscates ancient coin from collector

A Swiss court has confiscated an ancient silver coin from a collector after determining that it was illegally excavated in Northern Greece. The coin was struck bu a Thracian ruler named Mosses in 480 B.C. Thessaloniki University professor of archaeology Michalis Tiverios said examples of Mosses’ currency are very rare. “There are

5,000-year-old door found in Switzerland

A Neolithic door, dating back 5,000 years, has been found in Zurich, Switzerland, making it one of the oldest ever found in Europe.Updated with a photo of the door. [Thx Leela!] The ancient poplar wood door is "solid and elegant" with well-preserved hinges and a "remarkable" design for holding

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