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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Gold penannular lock-ring. It has a triangular cross-section with beaten face plates soldered together and secured by a C-shaped binding strip, resulting in a hollow ring.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1000BC-750BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 36.18 millimetres (outer)
    • Diameter: 15 millimetres (inner)
    • Thickness: 12.84 millimetres
    • Weight: 7.5 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The lock-ring is part of a hoard stated to be found in 1852 at Gaerwen.

    Seemingly the Gaerwen hoard was acquired shortly after discovery by an itinerant dealer. It is stated that the hoard consisted of 11 lock-rings and 11 penannular bracelets. Two lock-rings and two bracelets are in the British Museum (WG 15, 16, 17, 18). The whereabouts of the other pieces is not known.


  • Bibliography

    • Eogan 1969 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Exhibition history

    2004 30 Apr-21 Sep, Cardiff, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Buried Treasure: Finding Our Past
    1996 31 Jan-4 Mar, Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Art, Ritual and Death in Prehistoric Wales

  • Condition

    The lock-ring is slightly damaged.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


Gold tress ring. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

Gold tress ring. Condition shots for 'Buried treasure' exhibition.

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