Rare Arabic and medieval coins found among 300 pieces of silver treasure that lay buried for 1,000 years before being unearthed as Polish farmers ploughed their fields
- Farmers in the region had been ploughing along a sloped field in north-western Poland for decades
- Among latest find found near the site in Stare Czarnowo includes 300 silver coins and a host of other trinkets
- Project began in 2015 when a number of artifacts were found in Old Czarnow in the West Pomeranian region
Silver coins which are believed to be more than 1,000 years old are among a slew of other artefacts and trinkets that were unearthed by farmers.
Farmers in the region have been ploughing along a sloped field for decades, churning up ancient artefacts as they went, in north-western Poland.
More than 300 treasures have been discovered as part of an effort to collect these valuable discoveries, which include include rare Arabic dirham coins believed to have been left in the area by
Archaeologists searching the field in the village of Stare Czarnowo in north-western Poland. Researcher and archaeologist Marcin Dziewianowski is conducting the excavations
The finds were made in the village of Stare Czarnow and are the result of a project that began in 2015, launched after a number of artefacts were found in Old Czarnow in the West Pomeranian region.
Researcher and archaeologist Marcin Dziewianowski, who is conducting the excavations, said: ‘The farmers scattered the treasure in the field for decades.
‘We found parts of it in an area measuring 60 metres (196 feet) by 15 metres (49 feet).
‘We started digging after locals began finding old coins in the field and we became interested in the place’.
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Parts of the ‘jeweller’s treasure’ containing old Arabic coins, jewellery and other items made of silver, some of them from 19th and 20th century of the Polish origin
More images of the treasure which has been unearthed in north-western Poland (pictured). According to experts, the objects could be the treasure of a jeweller or a smith from more than 1,000 years ago
According to experts, the objects could be the treasure of a jeweller or a smith from more than 1,000 years ago.
Mr Dziewanowski added: ‘We managed to find whole Arabian dirham coins and other coins including a very rare one attributed to the Volga-Kama Bulghar tribe.
‘A great part of the coins have been partially melted which outlines the use of the treasure. Also fragments of jewellery, earrings, beads and silver bars were found.’
Many of the objects are believed to date back to the late 10th century.
A collection of some of the artifacts, coins and other trinkets which have been buried underground for years (pictured). Many of the objects are believed to date back to the late 10th century
A metal statue of a man holding a flag and a horse made of silver (pictured). No parts of the container for the objects have been found so it is thought they were hidden in an organic contained which has disintegrated over the years
No parts of a container for the objects have been found so it is thought they were hidden in an organic contained which has disintegrated over the years.
Dziewanowski added: ‘I suspect that many interesting items can be still found and much more silver could have been deposited in this place.’
The excavation project is expected to continue.
A button from the 1920s with a Polish eagle emblazoned on it. It was among the latest discovery containing coins believed to date back more than 1,000 years
Silver Arabic dirham from the Samanid dynasty, 10th century. The markings on the coins are still clearly visible and easy to read
Metal waste from 19th and 20th century discovered on the same field where the 300 coins were found (pictured). The excavation project is also set to continue
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