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armlet

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1996,0901.2

  • Description

    Gold armlet. Cylindrical annular band of beaten sheet metal with no evident join. The decoration consists of seven embossed ribs evenly spaced and separated by flat bands. The upper rib is slightly bent.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2100BC-1900BC (circa)
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 42.6 millimetres (maximum)
    • Width: 39.7 millimetres (minimum)
    • Diameter: 89.4 millimetres (edge beadings)
    • Diameter: 85 millimetres (central rib)
    • Diameter: 79 millimetres (internal)
    • Thickness: 0.45 millimetres
    • Weight: 28.16 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    In 1994, during the excavation of the Early Bronze age barrow cemetery near the village of Lockington in northwest Leicestershire, a small pit containing two incomplete pottery vessels, two gold armlets and a copper dagger was found inside a ring-ditch and beside a palisade gully. The two pottery vessels were inverted, one inside the other, and partially covered one of the gold armlets (1996.0901.2). The second gold armlet and the copper dagger were immediately beside the pots (1996.0901.1).

    Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of the gold armlet from Lockington by f the Treasure Trove process, indicated a gold content of 85%

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  • Bibliography

    • Hughes 2000 bibliographic details
    • Murgia et al 2014 1.6.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G51/dc9

  • Exhibition history

    2015 – 2016 4 Dec – 29 May, National Museum of Singapore, ‘Treasures of the World’s Cultures’

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1996

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    1996,0901.2

  • Additional IDs

    • 1994 T339
Plain ribbed gold armlet.

Plain ribbed gold armlet.

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