WMID-FE3C28: Bronze Age: Incomplete ribbon bracelet

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Unique ID: WMID-FE3C28

Object type certainty: Possibly
Workflow status: Published Find published

An incomplete strip of decorated gold, of probable Bronze Age dating (c. 2150 BC to c. 1150 BC).

The strip of gold is sub rectangular in plan, and is folded horizontally (width ways) in half twice, forming a squashed 'S' shape. The strip has been decorated with a series of embossed ridges along its length. The strip has been severed at one end, with a ragged edge. The other edge can not be easily seen as it is hidden between the folds.

It measures 25.3 mm in length, 16.1 mm wide and 9.1 mm thick. The strip is 0.8 mm thick. It weighs 5.2. g.

Similar strips of gold with ribbed decoration have been recorded on the PASdatabase including ESS-C13B97, SUR-1B64F5, NMS-46A4D6, PAS-E9E2A1, SF-D30D10, LIN-946F12 and WAW-052196.

Similar multi-grooved strips of a Bronze Age date are known from throughout Britain including in the British Museum collection from Flixton, Yorkshire (2004,0904.1a-b, Treasure Annual Report 2003, 16. no. 2) and Ravencliff Cave, Derbyshire (British Museum 1906,1224.1-2) as well as recent finds such as Ansley, Warwickshire and West Acre Norfolk (Treasure Annual Report 2007, 47-48). A very similar strip from Sproxton, North Yorkshire is recorded on the PAS database as LVPL-83FE92. There is also a similar grooved strip from The Hamel, Oxford, Oxfordshire excavated from a layer which yielded Beaker pottery of the Early Bronze Age (Palmer 1980, 124-134). Similar narrow embossed strips are known from the pommels of daggers accompanying Early Bronze Age burials in Scotland (Henshall 1968, 173-95; Hardaker 1974, 21-23. fig 6.; Taylor 1980, fig 28a-f) but not however comparable to gold dagger fittings in contemporary burials southern England. Other Bronze Age gold strips found singly such as at Flixton, Yorkshire (British Museum 2004,0904.1a-b, Treasure Annual Report 2003, 16, no. 2) are broader and have more and narrower incised grooves. The annular ring from the Late Bronze Age hoard at Abia de la Obispalia, central Spain is comparable in form and dimensions but the grooves appear to have been incised rather than embossed (Almagro Gorbea 1974). Similarly, the Bronze Age annular ring from Armissan, southeast France may be comparable (Eluère 1981, 48-49, fig. 55).

As this fragment is older than 300 years in age, with a precious metal content of greater than 10%, it should be considered as potential Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996.



Alamagro Gorbea M. 1974, Orfebrería del Bronce Final en la Peninsula Ibérica. El Tesoro de Abia de la Obispalía, la orfebrería tipo Villena y los cuencos de Axtroki, Trabajos de Prehistoria, 31, 39 - 100

Case, H. 1980, 'Pottery, Flint and Metalwork' In Palmer, N. 1981, 'A Beaker Burial and Medieval Tenements in the Hamel, Oxford', Oxoniensia, XLV (1980), [Mircofiche], 1 A04

Eluère, C. 1982, Les Ors Prèhistoriques, Paris: Picard

Henshall, A.S. 1968, 'Scottish dagger graves', In Coles, J.M. & Simpson, D.D.A. (eds), Studies in Ancient Europe: Essays present to Stuart Piggott, Leicester: Leicester University Press

Palmer, N. 1980, 'A Beaker Burial and Medieval Tenements in the Hamel, Oxford', Oxoniensia, XLV (1980), 124-225

Find of note status

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

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2016T1039


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

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 25.3 mm
Width: 16.1 mm
Thickness: 9.1 mm
Weight: 5.2 g

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st October 2016 - Monday 31st October 2016

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Miss Teresa Gilmore
Identified by: Miss Teresa Gilmore

Other reference numbers

Other reference: 50 finds from Staffordshire
Treasure case number: 2016T1039

Materials and construction

Primary material: Gold
Completeness: Incomplete

Spatial metadata

Region: West Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Staffordshire (County)
District: Newcastle-under-Lyme (District)
To be known as: Whitmore

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From finder
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Found whilst out searching with a metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

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