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Unique ID: SF7547

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Gold foil plated ring with silvery gold wire inlaid into the gold foil. The ring has a diameter of 15.5 mm and it is sub-square or sub-circular in cross-section, measuring 5 mm deep and 5 mm wide; the faces are most flattened near to the terminals. The ends of the ring butt right up against each other and are joined by corrosion from the core. A copper-alloy core is suggested by green corrosion products in two places, both on the interior surface of the ring; behind the terminals, and where the gold sheath has cracked on the opposite side from the terminals. Further damage to the gold sheath, on both exterior faces near one terminal, shows the core as light brown; this may be dirt. There are lighter transverse lines on the interior face, apparently petering out close to the terminals. The finished surfaces are not particularly regular, with slight facets that may be hammer marks. The function of penannular rings is unknown; they date mainly to the Late Bronze Age. For other examples from Suffolk, see MNL 132 (two, both solid) and TYN 047 (a single solid banded example).

Gill Varndell of the British Museum has examined this object, and her report (20.02.2002) reads: "A penannular ring of slightly sub-rectangular cross-section, the terminals very close together. The surface is worn, and flattened on both faces near the terminals; there are traces of hammer-marks which give an irregular appearance to the surface. The internal surface has traces of paler gold bandig which has been worn off the external surface. There is green corrosion internally, across both terminals and oposite them; this probably derives from the base metal core (see below). There is damage to the surface near one terminal and a small area of the gold wrapping is absent; there is some lifting of the wrapping especially at the terminal surfaces. The construction is of gold sheet wrapped over a bronze core. Maximum external diameter 15.5mm; maximum internal diameter 6mm; thickness 6mm; weight 6.7g. The object is a well-known Late Bronze Age type, dating to c. 1150-750 BC. The type is decorative in character."

Class: Gold Foil Plated Ring With Silvery Gold Wire Inlaid Into the Gold Foil

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2001T038


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: 1150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Width: 5.5 mm
Thickness: 5.5 mm
Diameter: 15.5 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 30th September 2001

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Helen Geake
Identified by: Dr Colin Pendleton
Secondary identifier: Gillian Varndell

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Finder's ref. 324B; Treasure case no. 2001 T38
Treasure case number: 2001T038

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Secondary material: Copper alloy

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: near Woodbridge

Spatial coordinates

Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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