Unique antique silver belt found close to Bratislava

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A unique belt made of pure silver dating back to 2nd-4th centuries AD has been discovered during the construction of a sewage system in Bratislava's Rusovce borough, announced Archeological Agency general director Frantisek Zak Matyasowszky at a press conference on Tuesday.

"There's no other item like this. We believe that this belt once belonged to a lady, and since the goldsmith's work in question is of cutting edge expertise, the lady probably belonged to a high class of society," said Matyasowszky.

Another precious find was two rings.

"One made of bronze was likely a woman's ring, whereas the other one might have been crafted for a child. It has a small white disc in the middle, depicting a gladiator or warrior," he said, adding that these items also must have belonged to rather wealthy owners.

Altogether, the archeologists found 245 precious artefacts on Madarska Street in Rusovce. "Mostly jewelry, coins and clothing buckles," said Matyasowszky.

The 2nd-century Gerulata Roman military camp was located in what is now the borough of Rusovce. It formed part of the Limes Romanus fortifications and belonged to the Roman province of Pannonia. It was deserted when Roman legions were withdrawn from Pannonia in the 4th century AD. Endit

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