Recently in the UK, a detectorist unearthed a rather magnificent artefact, this being a 12mm thick gold bangle weighing in at 310gm and measuring 240mm across. Clearly, it was of some antiquity and most people would probably agree with it being attributed to the Bronze Age. Most gold artifacts from that period can be rather sparse when it comes to decoration – the punch mark design featured on this bangle is more commonly seen in the Viking period. (One only has to look at the various fragments and artefacts found in the Cuerdale Hoard to see many examples of this design.) So whilst this bangle is most likely Bronze Age in date, there is always the possibility that it was found a 1000 or more years later and then decorated in the Viking style.
Whilst the artefact is most likely Bronze Age in date, there is, of course, the possibility that a Bronze Age bangle could have been found a thousand or more years later and then decorated in the Viking style.
Wonderful finds like these are truly amazing and stretch our imaginations when considering all the possibilities associated with them. This intriguing artefact is currently being submitted for recording with the PAS and being processed under the Treasure Act 1996, so undoubtedly sooner or later we will have some exciting news confirming the age and manufacture of this remarkable discovery. Treasure Hunting magazine is delighted to be able to publish an account of this discovery and would like to take this opportuni