HAMP-36C41B: Middle/ Late Bronze Age ribbon

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Unique ID: HAMP-36C41B

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Two fragments of apparently originally-joining gold band or ribbon dating to the Middle to Late Bronze Age (c. 1600-800 BC). Both fragments are parallel-sided and of rectangular shape, the smaller fragment having a jagged break at either end and the longer having one jagged break and one straight cut. Both are slightly crumpled.
The fragments are decorated on one face with fourteen raised ribs and corresponding grooves. The long edges of each also appear a little folded-over in places. The opposite faces are plain.

Discussion: 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, particularly the recent find from Sherborne St John, Hampshire (2013 T154), which also had a single perforation to one and was decorated on only one side. The dimensions and weights of the bands are also comparable. The Hook strip also bears comparison with gold strips from the The Hamel, Oxfordshire (Case 1981; Palmer 1981); Corringham, Lincolnshire (2011 T459); Sproxton, North Yorkshire (2010 T664); Flixton, North Yorkshire (2003 T40a&b); Ansley, Warwickshire (2007 T672); and Tendring District, Essex (2012 T577). The find from The Hamel, Oxfordshire, came from the same layer as typologically late Beaker pottery dating to the Early Bronze Age.

Dimensions and metal content: The strips measure: 23.49mm (in crumpled length), 8.98mm in width, 0.52mm in thickness and weigh 1.77g; 36.14mm (in crumpled length), 9.01mm in width, 0.53mm in thickness and weigh 1.21g. Together, and un-crumpled, the estimated original length is c.65mm. The fragments weigh together 2.98g.


Consequently, in terms of age and precious metal content, the objects qualify as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Find of note status

This has been noted as an interesting find by the recorder.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Hampshire Cultural Trust
Subsequent action after recording: Acquired by museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2014T777


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1500 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 65 mm
Width: 9.01 mm
Thickness: 0.53 mm
Weight: 2.98 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 26th October 2014

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Ms Katie Hinds
Identified by: Ms Katie Hinds
Secondary identifier: Dr Neil Wilkin

Other reference numbers

Other reference: Winchester Museums Entry Form 3875
Treasure case number: 2014T777

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Uncertain

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Hampshire (County)
District: Hart (District)
To be known as: Hook

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Current location: Hampshire Cultural Trust
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

No references cited so far.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: HAMP
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: 11 months ago

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