Indiana Bones: Pet Pooch finds fortune in ancient buried treasure | Florida Star
Czech archaeologists are enthused by the discovery of a clay pot containing hundreds of 14th century silver coins – unearthed by a dog during a walk.
The dog, named Masa, found the treasure in the woods of the village of Usti, located in the Czech Republic.
Recognizing that the small jar full of silver coins was likely of value, the dog’s owner turned over the artifact to the Valasske Regional Museum, about 20 km.
“One of the most valuable archaeological finds in the history of our region is being investigated by experts from the Wallachia Region Museum,” the museum said in a statement. “A clay mug full of silver Prague groschen from the 14th century was presented by a man who discovered the treasure with friends while walking with a dog in the village of Usti.”
King Wenceslas II was one of the most important Czech kings. During his reign, he overthrows the kings of Bohemia, Hungary and Poland.
Bohemia was the kingdom’s largest silver producer in Europe at the time, and the king took advantage of this by creating the silver penny, a copy of which was discovered in the clay pot. The silver cent has become one of the most used coins in Europe for centuries.
The silver comes from a mine found at Kutna Hora in central Bohemia. The king had taken control of the mine, making silver production a royal monopoly, before issuing the Prague groschen, or “penny” in English.
The number of pieces produced was very high because the Kutna Hora mine was one of the richest silver strikes in Europe. Between 1300 and 1340, it is estimated that the mine produced up to 20 tons of silver per year.
The dog walker who found the pieces told the museum his dog dug up the clay pot, which was only buried a few inches deep.
Samuel Spanihel, the museum archaeologist who investigated the find, said: “We returned to the site in hopes of finding more artifacts, but there doesn’t appear to be anything else there. “
The museum said that the initial analysis of the coins confirmed that they were Prague groschen issued in the second half of the 14th century by Wenceslaus II of Bohemia.
Although archaeologists originally believed the jar contained only a few coins, a scanner revealed hundreds more under the top layer.
The jar was dismantled on September 8, yielding 374 pieces plus three more that were stuck together and could not be identified.
Spanihel said, “I want to thank the honest seekers for handing over the treasure. They have helped to reveal another part of the history of the region and will allow the public to see these beautiful coins.
Museum experts are continuing their research. They hope to get a clear idea of the history of the pieces within a year, then exhibit them to the public.
Edited by Siân Speakman and Kristen Butler