Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Late Bronze Age gold bracelet

This is an incomplete coil-ended sheet gold bracelet with a flat, rectangular cross-section. The bracelet had been folded over three times and deposited inside the socket of a bronze axe. One terminal was preserved with a coiled end, while the other had been deliberately removed in antiquity, as indicated by cut marks.

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)

Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - gold bracelet & ribbon fragment’
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Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - gold bracelet & ribbon fragment’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - gold bracelet & ribbon fragment’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - gold bracelet & ribbon fragment’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Open the image ‘Late Bronze Age - ribbed bronze socketed axe, gold bracelet and ribbon fragment hoard group’
Image: © Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Collection Area

Archaeology & Numismatics

Item Number

87.66H/2

Find Information

Site Name: Michaelston-super-Ely, Cardiff

Collection Method: surface find
Date: 1987 / Mar / 20

Notes: Hoard. A socketed axe was found in March 1987 with two fragments of gold placed deep inside the socket. The findspot was in a field of pasture beneath an old field bank. The axe was found lying horizontally at a depth of just over 50cm. Archaeological excavation revealed no associated pit or context.

Acquisition

Treasure trove, 30/9/1987

Measurements

length / mm:32.2
width / mm:10.7
thickness / mm:20.2
minimum thickness / mm:0.4

Material

gold

Location

In store

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