Metal detectorists found a treasure trove dated to the 6-5th century BC in the vicinity of Lubatowa, South Poland, in the area of the Cergowa hill in the Low Beskid mountains.
The individual who made the find, remaining anonymous, discovered the artefacts while conducting a metal detection survey in search for military items. He informed the local Muzeum Podkarpackie (Subcarpathian Museum) in Krosno, which sent archaeologists to the site. Archaeologists managed to recover the artefacts, located over a small stream within a forest growing on the slopes of the Cergowa hill.
The treasure trove consists of two bracelets made of Bronze which are shaped from bands of metal. Along them a number of 9 whole and 8 fragmentary glass beads, called Schichtaugenperlen, was found. They are covered by a characteristic peacock-shaped patter of eyes. Other finds consist of fragments of bronze jewellery and pottery pieces. One of the pottery vessels is believed to have been used for salt production. According to archaeologists, similar shaped pottery vessels are known from salt mines in Wieliczka, Bochnia, Sanok, Rymanów and Iwonicz. Experts believe that the items might have belonged to a wealthy trader who could have hidden them.
The artefacts are dated to the end of the Hallstatt period, around 6-5th century BC. The bracelets are said to be similar to ones found previously in the region of Nowy Sącz and are connected with the mentioned period. The beads however are considered as unique as – except one such piece – none have been found in the region. Their presence are connected with the influence of the cultures living over the Carpathian range in the early Iron Age.