Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Bronze Age gold bracelet, armlet or anklet

This is a thin, rectangular strip of gold, which has been curved into a roughly circular armlet or bracelet form. It has been hammered along each long edge to form a projecting border that projects externally. The terminals taper to short, plain hooks, which are hooked together, completing the circle. The bracelet is slightly warped and deformed, probably due to compression in the ground after burial.

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: Maesmelan, Powys

Collection Method: surface find
Date: 1981 / May

Notes: Hoard. Two bracelets were found in May 1981 on the surface of a ploughed field on Maesmelan Farm. An archaeological excavation of the site was conducted in February 1982 by Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, but no contextual evidence for the objects was found. The findspot was on a south-west slope near the mouth of a dry valley.


Treasure trove, 28/10/1982


(): diameter / mm:66.0
(): width / mm:20.0
(): weight / g:50.0




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