LVPL-B28293: LVPL-B28293

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Unique ID: LVPL-B28293

Object type certainty: Probably
Workflow status: Published Find published

Gold ornament, probably a bead. The thin sheet of gold had been rolled into a cylindrical shape but has now been unfortunately crushed. It is decorated with sixteen transverse embossed grooves. There is a brown substance, probably soil, inside the crushed ornament.

The probable bead is very rare for Britain and Ireland though a necklace of similar beads from Ireland is in the British Museum (BM 1853,0926.2). Although the presence of sheet-working technique and embossed decoration in Britain would suggest an Early-Middle Bronze Age date, parallels in Bronze Final individual burial cremation contexts throughout France as at Uffheim, Haut-Rhin (Eluère 1982, 30, fig 25, no. 3) and Courtavant (Eluère 1982, 30, fig 25, no. 2) suggest a Late Bronze Age date (c. 1150-800 BC). The bead is classified as a perle tubulaires cannelées (see Eluère 1982, 30-31, 168-171).


Owing to the age and precious metal content of this item, it meet the criteria for Treasure under the terms of the Treasure Act 1996.

TVC Valuation (25/2/11): £200

Class: Cylindrical

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Moyse's Hall Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T590


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 15.1 mm
Width: 5.34 mm
Thickness: 2.1 mm
Weight: 0.6 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 25th September 2010

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Mr Ben Roberts
Secondary identifier: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T590

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Hand made
Decoration style: Linear
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Babergh (District)
To be known as: Glemsford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst metal detecting.
Current location: Moyse's Hall Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 8 years ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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