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)

Collection Area

Archaeology & Numismatics

Item Number


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.


Treasure trove, 30/9/1987


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




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