The mystery of the 3,500-year-old bronze hand found in Switzerland in 2017 is still unsolved. The fact that this hand is the only specimen ever found doesn’t make things any easier either.
Archaeologists in Switzerland made a truly surprising but potentially very important discovery buried inside an ancient tomb in 2017. This discovery was a 3,500-year-old bronze hand with a gold cuff on his wrist.
Because this object is the first and only one found in this part of Europe, the researchers weren’t sure exactly what they had found. It can be speculated that the ornate object was a symbol of power, but it is unknown whether it was once part of a larger statue or otherwise an ornament.
The Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern carried out a detailed scientific analysis of the object of interest. Early results of carbon dating studies, determined that this hand belonged between 1500 and 1400 BC, around the Middle Bronze Age of Europe.
This dating suggests the object may be the world’s oldest bronze fragment representing a part of the human body. If it really is what is left of a whole statue, then it may belong to the oldest bronze statue in Europe.
The Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern said in a press release, “ To the knowledge of Swiss, German and French experts, no similar Bronze Age statue has ever been found in Central Europe.” he said and added: “ Therefore, this is a unique and remarkable object.”
“ Prêles’ hand ” was first discovered in autumn 2017 near Lake Biel in the western state of Bern, next to a bronze dagger and a human rib. Archaeologists working at the site later discovered in the summer of 2018 the skeletal remains of an adult man who appeared to have been buried atop a much older stone structure. The tomb also contained the remains of a bronze brooch, a bronze hair ornament, and perhaps a gold plate that was once part of the bronze hand.
Researchers believe that by identifying this mysterious man, they may be able to decipher what the unusual bronze hand is. Canton of Bern Archaeological Service “ Must be a high ranking person” he says and continues: It is too early to determine whether the hand was made in the Trois-Lacs region or more remotely. We do not know the meaning or function attributed to it. Its gold ornament suggests it was a symbol of power, a distinctive sign of the social elite, even a god.“