BUC-4F6F59: A gold bead

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Unique ID: BUC-4F6F59

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Small annular gold bead formed from a piece of sheet gold. The join is faintly visible. The hole is blocked with soil. Diameter 5mm; breadth 4mm; weight 0.32 grams. Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of this bead, indicated a surface composition of approximately 80-82% gold, 15-16 % silver, with approximately 3% copper.

A number of gold beads are known from the British and Irish Bronze age and these are chiefly biconical or tubular (eg that from Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, dated to the Middle Bronze Age, c 1400-1100 BC)(Varndell, G. Treasure Annual Report 2000, no.1). The composition of the Lenborough piece is compatible with a Bronze Age date. While its simple shape does not preclude its being Bronze Age a firm identification is not possible.

Gillian Varndell, Curator, Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

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

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T472


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Middle
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Middle
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1300 BC
Date to: Circa 1150 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Height: 3.98 mm
Thickness: 2.08 mm
Weight: 0.33 g
Diameter: 5.39 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 13th July 2014

Rally details.

This object was found at Weekend Wanderers - Lenborough 13.7.14

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Ros Tyrrell
Identified by: Gillian Varndell
Secondary identifier: Ms Ros Tyrrell

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2014T472

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Buckinghamshire (County)
District: Aylesbury Vale (District)
To be known as: Lenborough area

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Buckinghamshire County Museum
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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