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SF-45670E: Bronze Age pennanular ring

Rights Holder: Suffolk County Council
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Unique ID: SF-45670E

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation

Description: A gold-plated Late Bronze Age penannular ring, dating to 1150-800 BC. The inner edge is slightly flattened. At the ends, the edges have several cracks, which reveal the copper-alloy core. In the gap between the two ends of the ring there is a fragment of copper-alloy corrosion. The surface is decorated with a series of parallel bands of two different colours or alloys of gold.

Dimensions: 17.51mm external diameter; internal diameter 6.51mm; 6.73mm in thickness. It weighs 7.65g.

Discussion: From NMGW-04216C 'The penannular ring belongs to a class of artefact which has been termed 'hair-rings' and 'ring-money' (Taylor 1980; Green 1988; Eogan 1994; 1997; Varndell 2001; Hobbs 2003; Meeks et al 2008; O'Connor et al 2008). Their function remains uncertain, although it is likely that they were personal adornments, possibly worn on the ears or nose, rather than being hair-ornaments or items of exchange'.

A number of such rings have been reported to the PAS (KENT-FF00A6) and some have been declared treasure. E.g banded plated example PAS-011055 (2016T920), plane plated), SUSS-1CBAB0 (2017T984) rolled up tube LANCUM-80A136 (2011T499).

The object contains precious metal and is of Prehistoric date. Consequently, it qualifies as Treasure under the stipulations of the Treasure Act 1996 in terms of both age and precious metal content.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Submitted for consideration as Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2019T110


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE
Period to: BRONZE AGE
Date from: Circa 1150 BC
Date to: Circa 800 BC

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 6.73 mm
Weight: 7.65 g
Diameter: 17.51 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Friday 4th January 2019

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Other reference numbers

Treasure case number: 2019T110

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Secondary material: Gold
Manufacture method: Cast
Completeness: Complete

Spatial metadata

Region: Eastern (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Suffolk (County)
District: Suffolk Coastal (District)
To be known as: Aldringham cum Thorpe

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 10 metre square.

Discovery metadata

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

References cited

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Recording Institution: SF
Created: 3 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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