LANCUM-A4E905: Middle Bronze Age coiled finger ring

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Unique ID: LANCUM-A4E905

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Cast copper coiled finger ring probably dating from the Middle Bronze Age, that is c. 1500 -1150BC. The finger ring is very similar to a number of coiled rings found in a Middle Bronze Age hoard found in Sussex, recorded under SUSS-C5D042. It is similar to Middle to Late Bronze Age coiled bronze finger ring dating to 1500BC, which is part of a Bronze Age hoard discovered a short distance inland from Black Rock, in East Brighton. It has been coiled in three complete turns and decorated on the outer edge. Similar rings have been found in the Mecklenburg area of North Germany suggesting close associations with the Continent. A brief period in the Middle Bronze Age is marked by the occurrence, in hoards, of tools and bronze ornaments which owe their inspiration to types current in north Germany and Scandinavia from c 1400 BC. These include torcs, coled finger rings, ribbed bracelets, knobbed sickles, and square-mouthed socketed axes. This influx seems to have given a boost to the native bronze industry.

The diameter is 28mm.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 1150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Diameter: 28 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 6th February 2012

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Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: North West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Lancashire (County)
District: Ribble Valley (District)
To be known as: GISBURN

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Minimal cultivation

References cited

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Recording Institution: LANCUM
Created: 10 years ago
Updated: 7 years ago

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