Important Bronze Age finds from Wrexham
Edited from BBC News, North East Wales
An "exceptional" hoard of buried treasure has been found in Wrexham just two years after another major find of Bronze Age treasure there. The 14 pieces of priceless gold and bronze jewellery and pottery, dating back more than 3,000 years, were found by three metal detector enthusiasts in the last few weeks.
Archaeologists are excited about the latest discovery in the area which is also home to the 4,000 year-old gold Mold cape. They believe this latest group of artefacts were buried between 1300 and 1100 BC as a gift to the gods by a well-connected and wealthy farming community.
The hoard is currently with the National Museum & Galleries of Wales in Cardiff where a report is being prepared for a coroner's inquest to consider whether it should be declared treasure trove.
This hearing will be held within the next couple of months and until then pictures of the artefacts are not being released.
"This hoard includes a torc (bangle) and bracelet, a necklace pendant and a collection of beads and rings, all of gold," said a museum spokeswoman. "It was buried alongside two palstaves and a chisel, within a small pot, fragments of which were found in the ground alongside. The twisted gold wire bracelet and the pendant, made of spiralled gold wire and forming a long bead shape, are unique within Britain. One or two similar objects have been found in north-western France."
In January 2002, two metal detector enthusiasts found gold bracelet fragments, a bronze axe and a dagger in the same area near Rossett, in Wrexham. The dagger was the first of its kind to be discovered in Wales.
Posted by Rhiannon
5th March 2004ce
Edited 19th March 2007ce