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Bronze Age Ingots Now At Exeter Museum

From the Western Morning News (

"More than 40 rare Bronze Age ingots from Devon have been given to the Royal Albert Museum in Exeter.

The ingots, part of a shipment salvaged in 1991, was handed over by the Receiver of Wreck, Sophia Exelby, at a ceremony yesterday.

More than 40 ingots recovered from an underwater hiding place were donated to the museum.

The ingots were discovered by the South West Maritime Archaeological Group in the Erme Estuary in 1991.

The ingots vary from 10 to 20cm in diameter.

Experts said they might have been in the Erme estuary as a result of a vessel capsizing while trading along the coast between Cornwall and Devon.

John Allan, museum curator, said: "We regard this group of ingots as a very significant discovery and are delighted that they are now at Exeter Museum, where a selection of them are displayed."

Ms Exelby said: "We are very pleased that these ingots will be displayed in a museum so close to the find site.

"They were a very exciting find for the diving group and their placement in the museum is an excellent outcome for everyone."
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
26th July 2002ce

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