Stone mold of 1000-2000 BC- Rare finding of Bronze Age

2018-05-08 11:19:46
Uvs /MONTSAME/ A stone mold dates back to the Bronze Age 1000-2000 BC is being preserved in the Local Museum of Uvs aimag. The stone mold was found by T.Byambadorj, an employee of the Museum in 1970 from the site of Tsagaankhairkhan soum. The stone mold, used as a means of production is considered a unique exhibit as this kind of  evidence  of the Bronze Age is rarely found.
The mold is made of hornstone, faceting two flat stones sized 29х14х3 cm. The upper stone mold weighs 3155 kg, 29 cm long, 13.5 cm wide and 3.9 cm thick whereas the other one has 3155 kg weight, 29.3 cm length, 14 cm width and 4 cm thickness. Although antiques made of bronze and iron were widely found and studied well archaeologically, it is interesting what method people were using to produce them at that time.

“This mold belongs to the time when people started owning private property in 2000 BC or the Bronze Age. They are a pair of mold used to create two knives and one awl at once, joining the two flat stones and casting melted bronze through its hole or mouth. The two narrow tips of the awl carved in the mold had an aim to lengthen the time of intended use and it differentiate this mold from the stone molds preserved in the museums in Umnugobi aimag, Kyakhta and Chita” noted scholars D.Tseveendorj and N.Baarai in their research works about the stone mold.