WAW-052196: Bronze Age: Unidentified Object.

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Unique ID: WAW-052196

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published


Gold decorated strip. Rectangular strip made with a sheet of gold and decorated with four embossed ribs. The edges of the body have been bent backwards. The strip has been severed at both ends as well as being bent, compressed and twisted.

Length: 28.27 mm

Width: 9.55 mm

Thickness: 0.43 mm

Mass: 1.9 gr


Similar narrow embossed strips are known from the pommels of daggers accompanying Early Bronze Age burials in Scotland (Henshall 1968, 173-95; Hardaker 1974, 21-23. fig 6.; Taylor 1980, fig 28a-f) but not however comparable to gold dagger fittings in contemporary burials southern England. Other Bronze Age gold strips found singly such as at Flixton, Yorkshire (British Museum 2004,0904.1a-b, Treasure Annual Report 2003, 16, no. 2) are broader and have more and narrower incised grooves. The annular ring from the Late Bronze Age hoard at Abia de la Obispalia, central Spain is comparable in form and dimensions but the grooves appear to have been incised rather than embossed (Almagro Gorbea 1974). Similarly, the Bronze Age annular ring from Armissan, southeast France may be comparable (Eluère 1981, 48-49, fig. 55). However. given the relative proximity of the Scottish finds, the object is tentatively dated to the Early Bronze Age.


This can be considered as potential Treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act (2002 Amendment).


20/7/11 TVC valuation: £110

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Worcester City Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2010T604


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2150 BC
Date to: Circa 1500 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 28.27 mm
Width: 9.55 mm
Thickness: 0.43 mm
Weight: 1.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Angie Bolton
Identified by: Ms Angie Bolton
Secondary identifier: Miss Alessia Murgia

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2010T604

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Fragment

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Worcestershire (County)
District: Malvern Hills (District)
To be known as: Shrawley CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Worcester City Museum

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: WAW
Created: Sunday 14th November 2010
Updated: Wednesday 29th February 2012

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