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    • Idby: 0014818522101B6E
    • Primary material: Gold
    • Object type: PENANNULAR RING

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Record ID: PAS-011055
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cambridgeshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete gold-plated Late Bronze Age penannular ring with a copper alloy core, dating to the period 1150-750 BC. The gold penannular ring is decorated with thin strips of a contrasting silvery-coloured metal. A small patch of (copper alloy) corrosion inside the terminal of the ring suggests that this ring is gold-plated rather than solid gold. Dimensions: Width: 18.5mm; Height: 17mm; Thickness: 7mm; Diameter of central perforation: 5mm; Length of gap between terminals: 2mm; Weight: 11.69g Discussion: The penannular ring belongs to a class of artefact which has been termed 'hair-rin…
Created on: Thursday 31st May 2018
Last updated: Tuesday 26th February 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Flint Cross area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-425F0D
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age (1150-800 BC) gold or gold-plated copper alloy penannular ring, oval in cross-section with irregularly shaped hollow area at the centre of each terminal. One of the terminals has a chip of metal missing at the edge. The terminals are not perfectly aligned, giving the impression that the object is ever-so-slightly twisted. It is not possible to be entirely certain whether the ring was solid gold or a copper alloy core wrapped in gold sheet (as occurs in several instances). There are no signs of the copper alloy corrosion that can accompany the latter scenario. 'The pe…
Created on: Wednesday 14th February 2018
Last updated: Wednesday 31st October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Preston Candover', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-1248F2
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age (1150-750 BC) gold or gold-plated copper alloy penannular ring, circular in cross-section with cut or burred-over edges at the terminals; both bear traces of tooling marks. A small crack close to one terminal has a tiny spot of green corrosion attached to it. The object measures 15.6mm in length, 14.9mm in height, 5.5mm in max thickness and weighs 5.60g.The gap between the terminal is 2.6mm wide and the circular open centre measures 6.7x 6.1mm in 'diameter'. 'The penannular ring belongs to a class of artefact which has been termed 'hair-rings' and 'ring-money' (Taylo…
Created on: Friday 1st December 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 10th April 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Deane', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-1CBAB0
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete, copper cored, gold, Bronze Age, penannular ring, 1800-1000BC. The ring is is penannular with a small gap between the terminals, which are flat. The ring is circular in cross section. There is substantial copper alloy corrosion on the interior surface of the ring, suggesting that the ring has a copper alloy core, similar to other examples (SUSS-5EF5C1). These rings are often erroneously referred to as 'ring money' though there is no evidence to suggest that they were used as currency. They are predominantly believed to have been used for personal adornment, such as earri…
Created on: Thursday 26th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
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Record ID: PUBLIC-F4E0E7
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Leicestershire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Bronze Age gold penannular ring formed from four D-sectioned strips of gold probably soldered together with straight, blunt terminals. Each of the D-sectioned strips has slightly raised edges internally. Approx. measurementsw are: Width of band 11.36-13.16 mm. Height 6.54mm. Thickness 1.15mm. Weight 2.14g. Composite penannular rings formed from C-sectioned, D-sectioned or sub-circular strips or bars, are a well known Middle Bronze Age artefact type as single finds or forming part of sets of linked rings. See for example NMS-ACBFA4. ​Other similar items: NMS-A1B392, SF-A6DEC7, PAS-…
Created on: Tuesday 24th October 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 11th July 2018
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Record ID: LANCUM-C2543F
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Cumbria
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age gold-plated copper alloy penannular ring dating from 1300-800BC. The ring is oval in shape and cross-section with a narrow gap between the terminals which are flat ended. One of the terminals has a chip of metal missing at the edge. The surface comprises of a bright gold colour and is possibly silver rich but there does not appear to be definitive bands of lighter (silver-rich) gold. There does not appear to be any evidence of a copper core and the weight may indicate it is more likely the penannular ring is made of gold, rather than gold plated copper-alloy. But non-…
Created on: Friday 15th September 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 21st November 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Westward', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-046731
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Essex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Description: Gold or gold plated copper alloy, Penannular Ring dating from the Late Bronze Age (c.1150-750 BC). Circular in shape and cross-section with a narrow gap between the terminals which are flat ended. Surface comprising of a bright gold colour with bands of lighter (silver-rich) gold. The ring is likely to have a copper-alloy core as its weight does not suggest it is solid gold. There are also small scratches on the surface of the ring and some cracks on both the flat terminal ends which look to cover a darker metal this could be copper-alloy. Dimensions: Weight: 1.56g,…
Created on: Monday 8th May 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Great Dunmow', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUSS-5EF5C1
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Gold, Bronze age, penannular ring, 1150-750 BC. This is a copper alloy core that has been gold coated, such as NMS-183C7E. One of the terminals has been damaged and the copper alloy core exposed. The ring is circular in section with flat opposed terminals. The ring has a tiger striped colouration around the inside of the internal diameter. This is a patination found on other examples such as HAMP-C18814 and SUSS-EA6735. These rings are often erroneously referred to as 'ring money' though there is no evidence to suggest that they were used as currency. They are predominantly believed t…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Tuesday 24th April 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-5EA230
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age gold, lock-ring, 1000-750 BC. The ring is a Late Bronze Age example that has a triangular cross section. It is hollow and was constructed around a now lost organic core (possibly wood or wax: see La Niece and Cartwright 2009). The ring has flat terminals and is decorated on both outer facing surfaces with incised striations. These decorative lines are set at angles to one another in a triangular pattern. Dimensions: Width: 4.55 mm Thickness: 5.56 mm Weight: 2.97 g Diameter: 20.65 mm Discussion: Lock-rings are Late Bronze Age ornaments made from gold plates, secured…
Created on: Tuesday 18th April 2017
Last updated: Thursday 7th March 2019
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Record ID: HAMP-195471
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A complete gold or possibly gold-plated copper-alloy Late Bronze Age penannular ring, dating to the period 1150-800 BC. The object measures 16.24mm in diameter, is oval in cross-section, and with a gap measuring 2.39mm wide and 3.94mm in height. The thickness of the ring measures 6.59mm. In total, the penannular ring weighs 9.31g. The weight may indicate it is more likely the penannular ring is made of gold, rather than gold plated copper-alloy. There are small indentations on the face of both terminals, probably residual marks from where a stone was wedged between them (with thanks to…
Created on: Monday 13th February 2017
Last updated: Wednesday 9th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Havant', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: BERK-E2ED60
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Wiltshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
TREASURE CASE 2017 T234. An incomplete Middle Bronze Age composite penannular gold ring dating to the period c. 1300-1150 BC. Now almost straightened, the ring comprises two ribs formed from separate C-sectioned bars with convex upper faces and hollow reverses, soldered together longitudinally. One terminal end of the ring is complete with a clean, smooth finish while the opposing end is broken. There are several small post-depositional scratches on the outer, curved surface of the ring. Discussion: Composite penannular rings formed from C-sectioned, D-sectioned or sub-circular strips…
Created on: Tuesday 17th January 2017
Last updated: Monday 16th July 2018
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Record ID: SUSS-585B49
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: West Sussex
Workflow stage: Published Find published
Gold, Bronze age, penannular ring, 1150-750 BC. Possibly a cast solid gold ring though some examples have shown that they are gold coated copper alloy cores, such as NMS-183C7E. The ring is circular in section with flat opposed terminals. These rings are often erroneously referred to as 'ring money' though there is no evidence to suggest that they were used as currency. They are predominantly believed to have been used for personal adornment, such as earrings or nose rings, they have even been suggested as hair ornaments. A complete example can be found in HAMP-0F9AF6 and there are num…
Created on: Tuesday 30th August 2016
Last updated: Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Compton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: ESS-5ECCA2
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Rutland
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold penannular 'lock ring' of Bronze Age date (c. 1150 - 800 BC). The ring is triangular in section with flat terminals. The outer two faces of the object are decorated with a series of ribs, whilst the internal face is undecorated. Dimensions: outer diameter: 14.49 mm; inner diameter: 6.35 mm; thickness: 4.45 mm; weight: 4.12g. Gold plated copper alloy rings of a similar shape and style have been processed as Treasure (cf. 2009 T513). As this example is not damaged, exposing an inner core, it is difficult to say whether it is pure gold or gold plated. However, based on the weight…
Created on: Monday 25th July 2016
Last updated: Thursday 10th May 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Whissendine', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DUR-EC189D
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Northumberland
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A complete small, gold Penannular ring of Bronze Age date (1150-750 BC). The object is sub-circular and sub-circular in section. There is a narrow gap between the terminals, one of which tapers in slightly while the other is flat ended. The metal is a bright yellow in colour with a smooth patina. The penannular ring belongs to a class of artefact which has been termed 'hair-rings' and 'ring-money' (Taylor 1980; Green 1988; Egan 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 person…
Created on: Monday 14th December 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Near Hexham', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-0A6139
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Dorset
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold penannular ring. Small gold penannular ring with decorative banding in narrow stripes, which would originally have shown as bands of yellow and paler, silver rich gold. The silver rich bands are tarnished to a grey colour. The ring appears to be solid. It has a sub-circular cross section and the ends of the terminals are flat.It may be similar to WAW-F3AE27 which examination at the British Museum was shown to have complex three-tone striping. Such ornaments are dated to the Late Bronze Age. Date: Late Bronze Age - c. 1150 - 800 BC Dimensions: 15.69 mm x 14.96 mm x 5.36 mm Weigh…
Created on: Wednesday 28th October 2015
Last updated: Saturday 12th January 2019
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Milborne St Andrew', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: HAMP-F7B741
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Hampshire
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
A Late Bronze Age (1150-750 BC) gold or gold-plated copper alloy penannular ring, circular in cross-section with slightly burred-over edges at the terminals. Five widening diagonal bands of a now dark-coloured substance stripe the surface. They are narrowest (and darkest/ more visible) at the inside edge (c.3mm wide), widening to c.7mm wide on the outside edge of the ring. The ring measures 17.5mm in length, 16.7mm in height, 5.6mm in max.thickness and weighs 11.69g. The gap between the terminal is 2.3mm wide and the circular open centre measures 7.1x6.9mm in 'diameter'.
Created on: Thursday 15th October 2015
Last updated: Friday 19th January 2018
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Penton Grafton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SWYOR-B50B30
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A gold penannular ring made from three strands of wire, and probably dating from the Middle to Late Bronze Age. The strands of wire are stacked on top of each other to produce a ribbed effect. The wires are all of 1.7mm diameter and are almost circular in cross-section. The ends are cut on an angle and the longer side of each is slightly burred.One strand has separated slightly from the others at one end revealing a rough surface on the wire below where they were once joined and there are a number of stress cracks elsewhere on the ring. Similar objects from the British Museum collecti…
Created on: Tuesday 19th May 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'North Ferriby', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: PAS-5607C5
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Kent
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Small, solid penannular ring with irregularly facetted section. Each flattened face has one row of pointillĂ© dots and there is another on the outer face; between, there are rows of finely executed oblique strokes in opposing directions; in places the latter are very worn. Maximum external diameter 11mm; maximum internal diameter 7mm; breadth 2mm; weight 1.19 grams. X-ray fluorescence analysis conducted at the British Museum indicated an approximate gold content of 79%. Identification The piece may be ascribed to the Late Bronze Age penannular ring series (circa 1150-750BC), a…
Created on: Friday 27th March 2015
Last updated: Tuesday 5th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'Kent area', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: DOR-1B028B
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Bournemouth
Workflow stage: Awaiting validation Find awaiting validation
Description Small gold penannular ring with circular cross-section, the hoop tapering to plain terminals. The piece is highly polished. There is a split on the interior surface opposite the gap. Given its small size, it is likely to be solid and not plated. Diameter 11.5x10.0 mm; maximum thickness of hoop 2 mm; weight 1.46 grams. Composition See appended report. Identification A well-known Bronze Age type, decorative in character. This piece lies at the small end of the spectrum (cf the smallest of 3 such rings in the Late Bronze Age hoard discovered in Balmashannar,…
Created on: Thursday 12th March 2015
Last updated: Wednesday 6th December 2017
Spatial data recorded. This findspot is known as 'East Southbourne and Tuckton', grid reference and parish protected.


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Record ID: SUR-8A4184
Object type: PENANNULAR RING
Broad period: BRONZE AGE
County: Surrey
Workflow stage: Published Find published
A small gold Penannular Ring (or so-called 'hair ring') of Late Bronze Age date. The ring has a sub-circular cross section and the ends of the terminals are flat. The ring has alternating decorative banding of yellow and a paler, silver rich gold. There is no visible evidence that the ring had a copper alloy core and the weight of the ring suggests that it may be solid gold. Analysis by the British Museum's scientific research team has demonstrated that the penannular ring has been modified. A small section of metal has been removed from the edge of each end exposing fresh metal, and …
Created on: Monday 9th February 2015
Last updated: Saturday 2nd March 2019
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