BERK-5AC896: Annular gold hoop of Bronze or Iron Age date.

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Unique ID: BERK-5AC896

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TREASURE CASE 2016 T662. A distorted annular gold hoop of Bronze Age or Iron Age date. The hoop is formed of cylindrical band of sheet metal that is flat in cross section and with no joins apparent. The band has been folded longitudinally to create a central ridge but the whole object is now bent and distorted. There is no decoration on either side of the band.

This object is similar to a so-called' dorsal muff' from an Iron Age torc (see NMS-C6DFC1 / 2007 T119 for comparison), but it may also an ornament (such as a hiar or dress accessory) of Middle to Late Bronze Age date however its form could not be immediately paralleled. There are vague similarities between this object and some hair locks of Late Bronze Age date, c. 1000-800 BC (see for example LVPL-5DFE32 / 2013 W06) but lock-rings are penannular in form and not annular like this example. Therefore, taking form into account, it is more likely that this is a dress accessory or Iron Age date.


In terms of age and precious metal content this object qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T662


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: IRON AGE
Date from: Circa 800 BC
Date to: Circa 100 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 24.8 mm
Width: 19.8 mm
Thickness: 3.8 mm
Weight: 2.5 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 17th July 2016

Personal details

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Recorded by: Miss Anni Byard
Identified by: Miss Anni Byard

Other reference numbers

Other reference: OXPAS2016.339
Treasure case number: 2016T662

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Oxfordshire (County)
District: West Oxfordshire (District)
Parish or ward: Northmoor (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SP4202
Four figure Latitude: 51.71516414
Four figure longitude: -1.39347192
1:25K map: SP4202
1:10K map: SP40SW
Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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Recording Institution: BERK
Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 4 months ago

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