Caucasus Societies Developed an Aversion to Gold “Bling,” Says Study

New research has shown puzzling evidence of gold going out of fashion for hundreds of years in ancient societies, societies which been at the forefront of technological innovation in gold mining and gold crafts. The study was undertaken by Prof. Nathaniel Erb-Satullo, lecturer in archaeological science at the Cranfield Forensic Institute of Cranfield University, England. The research, published in the journal Nature, was based on the analysis of more than 4500 Bronze and Iron Age objects from across 89 sites in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, collectively known as the Caucasus region. Using geospatial analysis and archaeological evidence, the Prof. Erb-Satullo tested different hypotheses for the sharp reduction in gold use across most of the region from 1500 to 800 BC. Prof. Erb-Satullo scanned more than 120 years of published data on a variety of gold objects, such as beads and ornaments, figurines, and utensils, from 4000 to 500 BC. Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece in ancien

Caucasus Societies Developed an Aversion to Gold “Bling,” Says Study
Trialeti Gold Goblet from ancient Georgia, 1700 – 1500 BC, when gold was still in fashion in every way.		Source: Steve Batiuk / ASOR Photo Collection

New research has shown puzzling evidence of gold going out of fashion for hundreds of years in ancient societies, societies which been at the forefront of technological innovation in gold mining and gold crafts. The study was undertaken by Prof. Nathaniel Erb-Satullo, lecturer in archaeological science at the Cranfield Forensic Institute of Cranfield University, England.

The research, published in the journal Nature, was based on the analysis of more than 4500 Bronze and Iron Age objects from across 89 sites in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, collectively known as the Caucasus region. Using geospatial analysis and archaeological evidence, the Prof. Erb-Satullo tested different hypotheses for the sharp reduction in gold use across most of the region from 1500 to 800 BC. Prof. Erb-Satullo scanned more than 120 years of published data on a variety of gold objects, such as beads and ornaments, figurines, and utensils, from 4000 to 500 BC.

Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece in ancient Greek myth, during a period when gold was very much in fashion in every way. (Underworld Painter / Public domain)

Jason bringing Pelias the Golden Fleece in ancient Greek myth, during a period when gold was very much in fashion in every way. (Underworld Painter / Public domain)