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Spectacular gold find in Basel

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From medieval tombs

Spectacular gold find in Basel

In Basel, 15 early medieval graves have come to light. Some are equipped with valuable additions. The highlight is the discovery of a golden robe clasp from a woman’s grave.


During a rescue ditch in connection with the expansion of district heating, the archaeological soil research of the Canton of Basel-Stadt came across a golden robe clasp – a special find in an early medieval grave.

The so-called disc fibula was given to a 20-year-old woman in her grave in the 7th century. “This is an extraordinary piece,” said Basel canton archaeologist Guido Lassau to the media on Friday. Such finds are “rather singular” in early medieval graves.

The grave decorations suggest that the woman had a higher social status. 160 pearls and Roman coins worn as jewelry were also found on her. She probably came from a family that owned property in what was then still a rural area of ​​what is now Kleinbasel, as Lassau said.

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