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Iron Age goldsmith retooled

Tomb offers insights into craft of ancient jewelry making

A goldsmith’s toolkit, discovered in the tomb of a craftsman and warrior who lived 2,400 years ago, provides the first detailed look at gold-jewelry making from a culture renowned for such ornaments. The man’s grave, excavated in 1986 at an ancient cemetery in southeastern Spain, contained 50 specialized gold-working tools, say archaeologists Alicia Perea of the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales in Madrid and Barbara Armbruster of the University of Toulouse in France.

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