Acient Europeans and gold
Methods of gold washing were known in Central Europe 2500 years BC. Both the economic and cultural influence of gold was significant through the Bronze Age, the Roman Iron Age as well as the Middle Ages. The search for gold was major cause for the Roman conquest over Europe. The Romans established numerous gold washing camps in the Alps, France and Spain. One of the major sites,La Bessa, was situated by the river Elvo in Northern Italy.
In 1771 the children of the Czech village of Podmokly found a bronze couldron filled with 45.2 kilos of celtic gold coins and an arm ring. This treasure, probably an offering to the gods, was buried between 65 and 55 BC.