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Fresh Bronze Age treasure find
Mold Cape, British Museum
The restored 4,000-year-old Mold Cape is in the British Museum
An "exceptional" hoard of buried treasure has been found in Wrexham just two years after another major find of Bronze Age treasure there.

The 14 pieces of priceless gold and bronze jewellery and pottery, dating back more than 3,000 years, were found by three metal detector enthusiasts in the last few weeks.

Archaeologists are excited about the latest discovery in the area which is also home to the 4,000 year-old gold Mold cape, thought to have belonged to a nobleman and found in 1833.

They believe this latest group of artefacts were buried between 1300 and 1100 BC as a gift to the gods by a well-connected and wealthy farming community.

The hoard is currently with the National Museum & Galleries of Wales in Cardiff where a report is being prepared for a coroner's inquest to consider whether it should be declared treasure trove.

The twisted gold wire bracelet and the pendant, made of spiralled gold wire and forming a long bead shape, are unique within Britain
Museum spokeswoman
This hearing will be held within the next couple of months and until then pictures of the artefacts are not being released.

However, a museum spokeswoman said the find was "exceptional" and some pieces were unique in the UK.

"This hoard includes a torc (bangle) and bracelet, a necklace pendant and a collection of beads and rings, all of gold," said the spokeswoman.

"It was buried alongside two palstaves (kinds of axes) and a chisel, within a small pot, fragments of which were found in the ground alongside.

"The twisted gold wire bracelet and the pendant, made of spiralled gold wire and forming a long bead shape, are unique within Britain.

"One or two similar objects have been found in north-western France."

Bronze Age treasure
Bronze Age treasure was previously uncovered in the same area

In January 2002, two metal detector enthusiasts from Wrexham found gold bracelet fragments, a bronze axe and a dagger.

The pair from the Wrexham Metal Detectorists Club came across the items at a rally near Rossett, in Wrexham.

The dagger was the first of its kind to be discovered in Wales.

The region's most famous Bronze Age link is the priceless gold cape discovered in Mold is widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of craftsmanship from that period.

The cape is made from the equivalent of 23-carat gold and weighs one kilogram.

It was discovered in pieces in a grave with the bones of a man at Bryn yr Ellyllon (the Fairies' or Goblins' Hill).

A replica is displayed at the heritage centre and museum in Mold while the original is held at the British Museum in London.

In December a Bronze Age gold disc used as an item of adornment at a burial 4,000 years ago and found just outside Aberystwyth was declared treasure trove at an inquest.




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