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Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

 

Length: 44.000 cm (necklaces min.)
Length: 44.000 cm (necklaces min.)

P&EE 1994 4-8 2-10

Prehistory and Europe

    Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

    Roman Britain, buried in the 5th century AD
    Found at Hoxne, Suffolk (1992)

    The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control.

    Among these were gold jewellery, including six necklaces and three finger-rings, two of which were found threaded onto one of the chains. While the body-chain, necklaces and bracelets would all have been worn by women, the rings could have been worn by either sex. The chains were probably designed to be worn with pendants, but no pendants were hidden with the hoard. All three rings are well worn, and their gems have been deliberately removed, no doubt for re-setting in newer pieces of jewellery.

    C.M. Johns and R. Bland, 'The Hoxne late Roman treasure', Britannia, 25 (1994), pp. 165-73

    R. Bland and C.M. Johns, The Hoxne Treasure, an illustr (London, The British Museum Press, 1993)

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