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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2005,0606.1

  • Description

    Gold bar fragment with circular section.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 2500BC-750BC
  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 37.2 millimetres
    • Thickness: 2.7 millimetres
    • Weight: 3.27 grammes
  • Curator's comments

    The gold bar was found using a metal-detector on various occasions between 29 February and April 2004. The gold rod was scattered together with a socketed axe fragment with 13 other copper alloy fragments over an area approximately 20 metres across and lying 175 m to the south-south-east of the previous find of the Ringlemere gold cup.

    The gold bar/wire is undiagnostic. Its composition is consistent with a Bronze Age date, but not necessarily exactly contemporary with the base metalwork. As ancient precious metal, it can be considered eligible as treasure regardless of whether it was originally associated with the other objects.

    Non-destructive X-ray fluorescence analysis of the surface of a length of wire from Ringlemere, Kent by the British Museum indicated a surface gold content of approximately 87%.

    S.P. Needham

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  • Bibliography

    • Murgia et al 2014 4.1.2.5 bibliographic details
    • TAR 2004 p. 39, no. 25 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2005

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    2005,0606.1

  • Additional IDs

    • 2004T85 (Treasure number)
A piece of thick gold wire, or rod, of neat circular section except where chopped at either end. Here cutting or chiselling from opposite sides has given the ends a wedge-like profile.

A piece of thick gold wire, or rod, of neat circular section except where chopped at either end. Here cutting or chiselling from opposite sides has given the ends a wedge-like profile.

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