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Full jewelry sets excavated from Hwangnam-dong Tomb in Gyeongju city Updated: 2020-09-08 10:07:31 KST

Gyeong-ju city, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province was the capital of Korea's ancient kingdom of Silla during the 6th Centuryand is a place of historical and cultural significance.
Recently, while conducting research on tombs, the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea discovered some extremely valuable relics at the Hwangnamdong Tomb No. one-hundred-20-dash-two.
A full set of jewelry accessories positioned as if the deceased is wearing them were discovered. The excavation process and results were shared live on YouTubeand attracted tens of thousands of views.
The accessories include a gilt bronze crown featuring three tree-like branches and two antler-like prongs, with a T-shaped plate inside, the function of which is yet to be known.
A pair of gold earrings and necklace made up of around five-hundred small beads were also found.
As were a silver belt, bracelets and rings, along with gilt bronze shoes.
The expert says this discovery is meaningful, and it is rare to see full sets like this.

"This is the first time a full set of buried jewelry has been found. It has been 45 years since the excavation of the Northern mound of Hwangnam DaeChong in the1970s. The excavation process wasn't that sophisticated. Through this research, we can learn how people wore the accessories at that time."

Another expert adds that the discoveries can help determine the person's gender and social status.

"Generally, a man would have had his sword on his left and a woman would not. Instead women would have had small accessories such as ornamental silver knives. This person is believed to have had a gold and silver knife that is around 15 to 20 centimeters long, so this person must be a woman.

Given that she is wearing a gilt-bronze crown and a silver belt -- similar with how the royals wore, the woman was most likely an aristocrat or a royal.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang News.
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