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Ancient disc declared treasure
Gold sun disc uncovered in Ceredigion
The sun disc is the third piece of Bronze Age gold in Wales
A Bronze Age gold disc used as an item of adornment at a burial 4,000 years ago has been declared treasure trove by a coroner at Aberystwyth.

The disc dating back 4,000 years was discovered at Cwmystwyth Mines near Aberystwyth- and is only the third known piece of gold from the Bronze Age discovered in Wales.

In November, the inquest had to be adjourned because the disk was not presented in court by representatives of the National Museum of Wales.

The find - roughly the size of a milk bottle top - is said to be as significant as the famous Mold cape - thought to have been worn as a garment for religious ceremonies by a great authority.

Similar items have been found in Ireland and Europe, but never before in Wales.

The National Museum of Wales will try to buy the sun disc for its collection, once its true value has been independently assessed.

Adam Gwilt, the museum's curator, said: "Gold sun-discs are one of the very earliest kinds of metal objects ever to have been made and used in Britain and Ireland."

The sun disc was found by archaeologist Simon Timberlake when he was digging on the site of a Roman and medieval lead smelter in October 2002.




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