KENT-D13625: KENT-D13625

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Unique ID: KENT-D13625

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A heavily distorted fragment of gold sheet, probably from a strip or 'ribbon' of Bronze Age date, c. 2350 - 800 BC

Description: The object has been folded several times and is creased and torn in several locations, all presumably in antiquity. It is difficult to establish the original form of the object owing to its current condition, but it was probably a band with straight sides, the shape of the terminal cannot be distinguished. 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, for example the finds from Hook, Hampshire (2014 T777), Tendering, Essex (2012 T577), Sherborne St John, Hampshire (2013 T154), 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.

The metal composition analysed via Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis undertaken by the Science department at the British Museum indicated a surface composition of approximately 85-86% gold, 13-14% silver, and 1% copper. This is consistent with a Bronze Age date.

Measurements: 24mm by 14mm, 5mm thick (all max dimensions), original thickness of sheet: 0.4mm and Weight: 5.21g

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T543


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Subperiod to: Late
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 2350 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Identified by: Miss Jennifer Jackson
Secondary identifier: Dr Neil Wilkin

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2016T543

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Kent (County)
District: Dover (District)
To be known as: Near Dover

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: Generated from computer mapping software
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

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Audit data

Recording Institution: KENT
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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