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Bracelet found in Vale of Glamorgan is treasure trove

The bracelet fragment
The bracelet was declared treasure trove by a coroner

An Iron Age fragment found in a south Wales village last year is the missing half of a bracelet first discovered in 2005, say archaeologists.

Experts from National Museum Wales believe the two bracelets parts, unearthed at Boverton, Vale of Glamorgan, were buried together.

A matching join was found and the decoration, a repeating triangle and a line of dots, proved continuous.

The item was one of four found in the county declared treasure by a coroner.

The rest of the trove comprised of a small hoard of two Middle Bronze Age palstaves, or axes, a post-medieval silver gilt ring, and a silver-gilt annular brooch.

The silver gilt ring, found using a metal detector at nearby Llanmaes in November 2008, takes the form of a plain broad band ring.

The Bronze Age palstaves were discovered on farm land last September
The Bronze Age palstaves were discovered on farm land

Its inner face is engraved with the legend 'I LICKE MY CHOYS' in Roman capitals, typical of the 17th Century, a museum spokesperson said.

The medieval brooch frame, dating back to the 14th Century, was discovered in Llantrithyd near Cowbridge in April 2009.

The silver gilt frame is from a hexagonal openwork brooch.

Also declared treasure was a small middle Bronze Age hoard of two bronze palstaves, discovered on ploughed farm land near Llantwit Major in September 2009.

The Llantwit Major hoard, with its two different palstave forms - one with a wide blade and the other with a narrow blade - dates to between 1350-1250 BC.

This hoard provides information on the early use of narrow-bladed palstaves in Wales.

A National Museum Wales spokesman said it would seek to acquire these objects following their independent valuation.

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