Bronze Age Gold from Wales

Bronze Age gold ingot

This is a straight, slender bar of gold, with a rounded cross-section and rounded ends. One face is pitted. This is an example of a finger ingot, a recognised Bronze Age form of smelted bar and source of gold metal, from which finished gold artefacts could be worked.

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: Ystradowen, Penllyn

Collection Method: metal detector
Date: 1994

Notes: Single find. This ingot was found while metal-detecting.


Purchase, 26/3/1998


(): length / mm:51.7
(): maximum width / mm:7.4
(): width / mm
(): maximum thickness / mm:6.3
(): thickness / mm
(): weight / g:22.6




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