Ingots are pieces of metal which have been formed into particular shapes to be transported and traded and then later cast into objects. Bronze Age ingots were created in a variety of shapes and sizes including cylinders, rectangles and 'bun' or 'cake' shapes, however, most are discovered in a fragmented state and difficult to date.

Dating and areas od discovery

Date: 1000 - 800 BC
Distribution: Britain

Plano-convex (a.k.a. 'Bun' or 'cake') Ingots

These bronze and copper objects are called Bun ingots as they are almost flat on one side and rounded on the other. They are quite craggy and are often found broken into a number of rough fragments. Bun ingots are the most common type of ingots found in the Britain.


Plano-convex ingot SUSS-ADE0A8

Bar Ingots

Long bars, with a square or rectangular cross section.


Bar ingot LIN-57FEA1


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