AHRC Research Network on gold in Britain’s auriferous regions, 2450–800 BC

The Burton Hoard
The Burton Hoard
Uncovered by a group of metal detectorists near Wrexham, the hoard is spectacular in its range of middle Bronze Age artefacts. The Burton hoard contains pieces that are unparalleled anywhere else in the UK, including a bracelet with strands of twisted gold and a pendant consisting of a gold bi-conical bead..

Dr Alison Sheridan (National Museum Scotland) and Dr Jana Horak (Department of Natural Sciences) have been awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council network grant. This will bring together international experts, including geologists, geochemists, archaeometallurgists, archaeologists and practicing gold workers. They will review what we know and what we don’t know about gold in Britain, its uses and significance between 2450 BC and 800 BC, spanning the Copper and Bronze Ages.

Three workshops (Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dublin) will bring together researchers from across Europe, to identify how we can address the outstanding questions. Jana Horak and Adam Gwilt (Department of History & Archaeology) will host the second workshop in March 2019.

For more information see: https://www.nms.ac.uk/prehistoricgold and follow our progress on our Facebook and Twitter – search #PrehistoricGold.

Find out more

> National Museums Scotland

> Arts and Humanities Research Council

> Bronze age gold in collections online