Many folks tend to believe that archaeologists and historians have pretty much unlocked most of history’s mysteries, but even they will tell you that there is plenty left to be discovered…
Workers laying pipes in a southern Spanish park recently learned this after unearthing a phenomenal find that they thought was just a bunch of junk — and best of all, it happened completely by chance.
Workers in Tomares, Spain were digging along, having a normal day at on the job recently when an incident occurred that would forever change their lives. As the construction workers were laying pipes, they uncovered something that completely stunned them.
Lola Vallejo, the urban councilor of Tomares, told CNN that the crew had been digging a ditch to install electricity to a park. The workers had been digging about a meter deep, below the surface of the ground when they stumbled upon the unbelievable find…
It turned out that the area that would become known as Zaudin Park was hiding a major secret underneath its surface. And no one could be exactly sure just how long ago this mystery began.
Sometime in the likely not-so-recent past, someone had tried to hide a priceless trove of treasure in the tiny Spanish town. The shocking discovery came when the workers had struck something in the ground…
When the digging revealed something large and hard, they started to release the object. An excavation revealed multiple strange objects were hiding beneath the soon-to-be park.
Experts were called in after the unique discovery, as it appeared they weren’t just an average discarded old jugs from years earlier. There was something very unusual about what they were looking at and archaeologists now on site wanted a better look…
The construction company halted the project after it became clear something far more important had been uncovered at the site. A shocking total of 19 objects were found underneath the location for the new park.
Archaeologists were extremely careful during the excavation of the jars but because they were so ancient and due to their weight and fragility, many broke during the process…
The jars were known as amphoras, tall ancient Greek or Roman jars that had two handles and a narrow neck. In that area of Spain, they could be from as early back as the Neolithic Period in history.
And much to everyone’s surprise, the jars were not empty. Of the 19 large jars found, only nine were in tact, but it was what was inside those nine that was so surprising…
The jars weighed a total of about 1,300 pounds because they were each filled with something far heavier — and much more valuable than such a find from ancient history.
Bronze & Silver
After their recovery, they were brought to the Seville Archaeological Museum, where experts hailed the discovery as extremely rare. Inside the uncovered amphoras was thousands of bronze and silver-coated coins…
According to the Seville Archaeological Museum, the coins could date as far back as the end of the fourth century. The coins are etched with the images of Ancient Roman emperors Constantine or Maximian on one side.
While the other side appeared to have various Roman stories on them. The coins were in such good condition, too, that experts believed they were new at their time of burial…
Once the coins are inspected more carefully, they will go on display for the public. Ana Navarro Ortega is head of the museum and told CNN that they have never seen anything like these coins in their collection or from any discovery in modern times.
“I can assure you that the jugs cannot be lifted by one person because of their weight and the quantity of the coins inside,” Ortega said. “So now what we have to do is begin to understand the historical and archaeological context of this discovery.”
The Tomares jars have proven to be one of the most important finds ever to come from the fourth century. Now, archaeologists and researchers are scrambling to find out exactly why the jugs were buried all the way in Tomares, Spain to begin with. So far, they have a few theories…
Because the Roman Empire had begun to conquer Spain by 218 BC, the coins could have been buried during a time of discord between the two lands. Experts also believe that since it was so much money it could have been set aside to pay imperial taxes or army levies.
It is also extremely likely that the money was hidden due to the many invasions into Spain at the time. Either way, it is clear that the money was deliberately buried deep to be hidden from anyone finding it, as there was cement and sad poured on top of them.
The researchers have gained some insight about the ancient coins and jugs since identifying the ancient Roman emperors. However, there are still many periods of ancient history left unknown and we may never learn how old the coins really are and how much they are worth today.