National Geographic : 1980 Mar
belt,foreground, and a gold armband and fibulae, or brooches (left). His burialshoes, which disintegrated,were trimmed with latticed strips of gold (right), displayed here on a clay model. On the skeleton excavators found remnants of cloth embroideredwith Chinese silk, evidence of an ancient trade route uncharted by modem scholars. Bacteria-killingoxides thatformed on the metal objects had helped preserve the organic artifacts, items usually destroyed by the central European climate.