Tezaur de comori care conține 1000 de monede descoperite în estul Poloniei

Un mare tezaur de comori depus într-un borcan de ceramică a fost descoperit în apropierea satului Zaniówka din Voievodatul Lublin, Polonia.

The discovery was made by detectorist, Michał Łotys, who was surveying farmland for pieces of agricultural equipment accidently lost in the topsoil.

Arheologii cred că ulciorul de lut care conținea hoarda de monede a fost îngropat în mod deliberat într-o fermă din estul Poloniei, în a doua jumătate a secolului al XVII-lea.
Archaeologists think the clay jug containing the horde of coins was deliberately buried on a farm in the east of Poland in the second half of the 17th century. © Lublin Provincial Conservator of Monuments

Mr Lotys notified the Provincial Office for the Protection of Monuments (WUOZ) in Lublin, as per the Protection and Care of Historical Monuments Act of 23 July 2003.

In Poland, it is forbidden to conduct an amateur search for artefacts using a metal detector, either for commercial or for personal use unless licensed by local authorities, requiring all finds to be reported which become the property of the state.

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The horde contains about 1,000 small copper coins from the time of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. Most of them were minted between 1663 and 1666. © Paweł Ziemuk | WKZ Lublin

An inspection by archaeologists suggests that the coins were intentionally deposited in a ceramic jar in layer of subsoil, which contains 1,000 crowns and Lithuanian schillings from the 17th century.

The total hoard weighs 3kg and consists of layers of compressed coins in the jar, 115 coins which have been dispersed through agricultural activity, 62 heavily oxidised coins and several pieces of fabric.

Why the hoard was purposely buried is yet to be determined. Hoards can be considered an indicator of unrest, often due to periods of conflict or for were buried for financial security.

During the 17th century the region was part of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, which was subject to a series of invasions by Russo-Cossack forces in 1655, and Sweden in 1656 – a period known as the “Deluge”.

The hoard has been transferred for further study at the Archaeology Department of the Museum of Southern Podlasie, in Biała Podlaska.