Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 240, Issue 3, pp 897-908

First online:

Nuclear analyses of the Pietroasa gold hoard

  • V. CojocaruAffiliated withNational Institute for Physics and Nuclear Engineering “Horia Hulubei”
  • , C. Be§liuAffiliated withPhysics Department, University of Bucharest
  • , C. A. ManeaAffiliated withNational museum of History of Romania

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By means of nuclear analyses the concentrations of Au, Ag, Cu, Ir, Os, Pt, Co and Hg were measured in the 12 artifacts of the gold hoard discovered in 1837 at Pietroasa, Buzäu county in Romania. The concentrations of the first four elements were used to compare different stylistic groups assumed by historians. Comparisons with gold nuggets from the old Dacian territory and gold Roman imperial coins were also made. A good agreement was found with the oldest hypothesis which considers that the hoard is represented by three styles appropriated mainly by the Goths.