LVPL-34D297: LVPL-34D297: bronze age gold strip

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Unique ID: LVPL-34D297

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A small rectangular strip of folded gold with one decorated surface. The edges of the strip appear to have been cut rather than broken, suggesting that the object is complete. The strip has been folded almost exactly in half (although the two ends do not meet) with the decorated side outermost. The decoration consists of 13 fine, straight, 'incised' grooves.

Dimensions: Length (folded) 5.5-6.5mm; Length (if unfolded - soft tape): c.13mm; Width: 6mm; Thickness (as folded): 2mm; Thickness of sheet: 0.2mm; Weight: 0.58g

The incised linear decoration of the strip can be paralleled on a number of gold strips and 'ribbons' of known and very probable Bronze Age date, including finds from Sherborne St John, Hampshire, The Hamel, Oxfordshire (Case 1981; Palmer 1981); Corringham, Lincolnshire (2011 T459); Sproxton, North Yorkshire (2010 T664); Flixton, North Yorkshire (2003 T40a&b); and Ansley, Warwickshire (2007 T672). The find from The Hamel, Oxfordshire, came from the same layer as typologically late Beaker pottery dating to the Early Bronze Age (cf. Needham 2005). Given that it is similar to strips that usually have a greater length, it is not inconceivable that the Retford find has been cut from a longer strip.

It is possible that the object was once tubular, in which case it may have formed a gold bead or similar (e.g. a fitting folded around the edges of another object). Eluère provides a number of French examples of such beads ('perles tubulaires lisses': 1982, 29, figs. 24-7). An example from Bern, Switzerland is twice the length of the putative Retford bead and is decorated with grooves separated by undecorated surfaces (British Museum WG 468). Undecorated cylindrical gold beads have also recently been discovered in a Chalcolithic Beaker burial from Kingsmead Quarry in Berkshire (S. Needham pers comm.).

The object is predominantly of precious metal and is almost certainly more than 300 years old and therefore qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act (1996).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder after being disclaimed as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2012T926


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 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 6.5 mm
Width: 6 mm
Thickness: 2 mm
Weight: 0.58 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 19th November 2012

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Vanessa Oakden
Identified by: Ms Vanessa Oakden

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2012T926

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Nottinghamshire (County)
District: Bassetlaw (District)
To be known as: Retford

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found while metal detecting
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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