third largest find in Sweden

Golden figurines uncovered in southern Sweden

Archaeologists have discovered nearly three dozen golden figurines dating from the Iron Age at an excavation in southern Sweden, Swedish Television reports.

So far, 29 gold-foil figures have been uncovered, making the find Sweden's third largest collection. SVT reports the location may have been a prehistoric place of worship.

Besides gold figures, which are small, thin and gilded brass figures, archaeologists also found six heads, masks and busts in bronze as well as prehistoric glassware and arrows. Most of the items were found a half a meter or less below the ground. The excavation covers an area of approximately 120 square meters.

Mikael Henriksson, an archaeologist at the Blekinge Museum, said officials are taking care to protect the excavation site.

"We've been very worried about looting and made ​​sure to carefully secure this location with a lot of metal detectors," Henriksson told SVT.

Previously, gold-foil figurines have been found in 17 locations across Sweden. The most important findings have been made in Uppåkra outside Lund and Slöinge in Halland, both in southern Sweden.