Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Early Bronze Age gold nugget

This is a small, irregularly shaped nugget of gold, apparently in naturally occurring and irregular form, as found in ancient and modern river-bed contexts. It was probably transported during the Bronze Age from an Irish or Cornish source, and lost perhaps at or near a ship landing point. Its metal composition is similar to the gold compositions found in Early Bronze Age gold lunulae.

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: Whitesands Bay, Pembrokeshire

Collection Method: chance find
Date: 1990s

Notes: Single find. The nugget was found by chance at the base of a cliff.


Donation, 6/4/2016


(): weight / g:22.68




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