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Rare 3,500 year old gold bead found in Newent is Bronze age treasure inquest rules

1 Novembre 2014 , Rédigé par Jean-David Desforges Publié dans #Promotion du système anglais

[ROYAUME-UNI] Lu sur gloucestercitizen.co.uk

A 3,500-year-old, well-preserved piece of gold jewellery found in a Forest of Dean field has been hailed a rare treasure at an inquest.

The tiny gold bead, said to be from the mid-Bronze Age, was discovered by an undisclosed enthusiast using a metal detector in a field close to Newent on February 16 this year, the inquest was told.

Assistant Coroner for Gloucestershire David Dooley revealed that the British Museum had expressed an interest in acquiring the bead, which is coloured a dark, rose gold and is in remarkably good condition.

"This is a very small item from the middle of the Bronze Age – around 3,500 years ago – and is rare," said Mr Dooley at Gloucestershire Coroner's Court.

"The British Museum states that it qualifies as treasure under the 1966 Treasure Act.

"The bead measures 10mm in diameter, 4.5mm in height and weighs 0.45 grams.

"It is an angular shape and is made from thin gold sheet and the interior is hollow.

"It appears that it may have been cast."

The bead – probably part of a necklace or bracelet – dates from between 1500BC and 1100BC.

Mr Dooley went on: "This is a fine piece of work for the Bronze Age and complies with the official definition of treasure, considering the quality of the gold."

The find was therefore referred back to the British Museum, who will now have to value the bead and pay that value equally to the finder and the landowner where it was unearthed.

Unless a local Gloucestershire museum buys the bead it will remain in the British museum collection.

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