Bronze Neck Ring

Contributed by Guernsey Museum

Bronze neck-ring from a burial in the Iron Age cemetery of King's Road, Guernsey. © Guernsey Museums and Galleries

A wealthy Iron Age Guernsey woman was buried with this neck-ring, probably a treasured import from central France.This bronze neck ring is one of a number of high status items found during excavation of the Iron Age settlement and cemetery at King's Road, on the western outskirts of St Peter Port. It comes probably from a female burial, dating perhaps to the fourth or third century BC, and may have been imported from the Champagne area of France. Alongside the female burials there are at least three warrior graves, containing iron swords and other fighting equipment. This was a wealthy community, but the source of their wealth remains something of a mystery. One possibility is that they controlled an excellent supply of salt, vital for the preservation of foodstuffs at this time. The presence of the best natural harbour in the Channel Islands, just a few minutes down the hill from King's Road, may also have been a key factor in their success.

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