LVPL-25FCB6: Bronze Age bead

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Unique ID: LVPL-25FCB6

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

Bronze Age Gold Strip (possibly a bead) from Much Wenlock - Shropshire

Treasure Case: 2017 T42

A small rectangular strip of folded gold with one decorated surface. The object was folded upon discovery and subsequently opened up by the finder.

One edge of the strip is complete having been cut regularly with a slightly thickened rim while the other edge of the strip has been torn resulting in a sharp undulating edge. The decoration consists of eight fine, straight ridges and grooves..


length 17mm, width 14mm, weight 2.1g


The 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.).

Similar examples which have been recorded on the PAS database include LVPL-34D297 2012 T926, GLO-F8F3B7 2012T382 and SF-D30D10 2011T825.


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 theTreasure Act (1996).

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2017T42


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: Exactly 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 17 mm
Width: 14 mm
Weight: 2.1 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 18th September 2016 - Sunday 18th September 2016

Personal details

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

Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2017T42

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
District: Shropshire (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Much Wenlock

Spatial coordinates

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

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Character undetermined

References cited

No references cited so far.

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