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Beautiful gold Shropshire sun pendant
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It's to go on show in Shrewsbury in November, and eventually end up near the Mold cape in the British Museum.[...]ear-old-shropshire-sun-pendant
What a fantastically fine, beautifully etched design. It's only about 5 centimeters long. How would you do that without your glasses on?! (I guess people of that era hadn't ruined their eyesight staring at computers all the time).
Neil Wilkin, the BM's Bronze Age curator, says it's the best thing to have emerged from the dirt in a century.

"All the correct procedures were adhered to in that it was reported to the local finds liaison officer who notified the coroner and brought it to the British Museum under the treasure process." Which might suggest by omission that all the correct procedures were not adhered to in that it was snatched excitedly out of the ground the minute the finder saw the glint of gold, whereupon they danced and sang a little tune, and totally forgot to call an archaeologist to carefully examine the context of its long-time home . But who knows, the article declines to say.

It was found somewhere boggy and it's suggested it was a jolly good offering, similar to other abandoned things in boggy places (but aren't those generally not gold, and more Iron age? I don't know).

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Posted by Rhiannon
4th March 2020ce

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