'Fairytale find' of medieval treasure in Austria

  • Medieval treasure found in Austria.

    Medieval treasure found in Austria.

    AP

An Austrian man who was digging in his garden found buried treasure – hundreds of pieces of centuries-old jewelry and other precious objects that Austrian authorities described Friday as a fairy-tale find.

The trove, estimated to be 650 years old, consists of 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments. It is currently under evaluation.

The Federal Office for Memorials described the ornaments as "one of the qualitatively most significant discoveries of medieval treasure in Austria."

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