Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Early Bronze Age gold lunula

Decorated gold lanula, 2200-2000 BCE. One of the earliest gold ornaments from Wales. It was probably a ceremonial piece. Lunulae are commonly found in Ireland but recent scientific research suggests that many Irish lunulae were made using Cornish gold. The decoration on this lunula is similar to the decoration on a number of Beaker pottery vessels from Wales.

Lunula of 'Provincial' type, with normal transverse end-plates and finely incised geometric ornament towards the tips of the horns.

Project Title: Gold in Britain’s auriferous regions, 2450-800 BC: towards a coherent Research Framework and Strategy. Status: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Network Grant funded project (2018-2019)

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Collection Area

Archaeology & Numismatics

Item Number


Find Information

Site Name: Llecheiddior-uchaf (aka Llanllyfni), Dolbenmaen

Notes: found in a bog on the farm


diameter / mm:240.0
thickness / mm:<1.0




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Yvie George
10 May 2021, 18:04
This is a beautiful item, the more I study the pattern the lovelier it becomes.

My name is Yvie George and i am a mature undergraduate reading archaeology at the University of Worcester, i am currently working on a small piece of research for The Heyope Hoard, for my second year assignments

I would really apricate a chance to ask you a few questions about any updated interpretations for the Heyope hoards torcs or the find spot, please. (Hopefully during this week)
I am the great niece of the finder Stanley Pugh, and this find is the inspiration behind me studying to become an archaeologist.

Coincidently i have also worked with Alwyn in the meeting centres.
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