3,000 Year Old Gold Earing Found at Driffield
Gold earring found buried under a few inches of soil in a ploughed field in East Yorkshire could be more than 3,000 years old.
A metal detector enthusiast, part of a group from Durham, stumbled across the treasure near Driffield last year.
The late Bronze Age ring has narrow stripes of yellow and paler gold and when analysed by experts at the British Museum was found to be 73 per cent gold and 23 per cent silver. Tests showed that the precious metals covered a hoop of base metal.
Weighing just 10gms, it was dated between 1150BC and 750BC.
There is no idea yet of the value, which will be settled next month by an independent valuation committee. Both the British Museum and local museums will be given the first chance to bid.
An inquest in Hull heard the earring was found by Gary Turnbull in around six inches of soil.
Yesterday, after the ring was declared treasure, the landowner said she hoped it would go to a local museum.
The farmer, who asked not to be named, said: "These metal detectorists have been coming for a few years but this is the first thing to come to light."
Posted by BrigantesNation
2nd February 2004ce
Edited 2nd February 2004ce