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Bronze Age gold finds Circa 1300 BC - 1000 BC

Complete unit at the British museum

Stunning pair of solid gold 1300 BC armlet rings - reported to museum as treasure

7.06g, 9.25mm W x 11..45mm dia

Gold face plates in triangular cross-section secured by a binding strip

Bronze Age Tress Ring C1000BC


Ornaments, whose function is unknown, made from gold plates in triangular cross-section and secured by a binding strip, resulting in a hollow ring. The face plates can be decorated with repoussé decoration or with fine concentric incised lines imitating fine wire works. More rarely, lock-rings are made from face plates obtained from individual gold wires soldered together.


Eogan, G. 1969. 'Lock-rings' of the Late Bronze Age. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 67C, 93-148

Reported to museum as treasure

Complete with diamond shaped end knops

3.12g,27.07mm long

Complete unit at the British museum

Monster find -Circa 1300 BC Bronze age gold open backed triple banded gold ring

3.48g, 13.73mm dia x 6.74mm H

Reported to Colchester museum as treasure

Kindly donated by landowner and Org Ed the finder to Colchester museum

Description A gold composite ring comprising three elements that appear to be thin c-sectioned gold strips soldered together. The ring is bent to an oval shape with one end overlapping the other. The gold is light coloured and the surfaces smooth except where the strips have been soldered. Max diameter: 11mm; min diameter: 8mm; width: 6mm; weight: 3.5g

Discussion The soldered strip manufacture of the ring resembles a well known Middle Bronze Age type dated to 1300-1100BC. Recent finds of these composite rings include a tripartite one in the Newchurch area of the Isle of Wight (Treasure Annual Report 2004, 21, 229, Fig. 4) and a bipartite one found at Braishfield, Hampshire (Treasure Annual Report 1999, 11, 12, Fig. 6).

Conclusion This can be considered as potential Treasure under the 1996 Treasure Act. Reference Treasure Annual Report 2004. DCMS Treasure Annual Report 1998-1999. DCMS

Report by: Charlotte Veysey (volunteer) 2.2.10 Ben Roberts (Curator of European Bronze Age)

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Colchester Museum
Subsequent action after recording: Donated to museum after being declared Treasure

Treasure details

Treasure case tracking number: 2009T524


Broad period: BRONZE AGE
Period from: BRONZE AGE [scope notes | view all attributed records]
Date from: 1300 BC
Date to: 1100 BC