Copper alloy armlet

Contributed by La Societe Sercquaise

The armlet was found by chance. The solid casting and incised repeat pattern are typical of the 'Ornamental Horizon' of the mid-Bronze Age. Its date c.1300 links it to Breton-style bronze axeheads found nearby on an excavated site occupied around this time. Copper bearing lodes in Sark's cliffs may have interested prehistoric settlers, but it is unlikely there were fuel resources for primary extraction. Most of the bronze cast at this period was recycled metal, so copper ingots found recently in Sark may well have been cast on the island using imported scrap metal. As a fertile and defensible island refuge lying conveniently on a major trading route between Brittany, Normandy and southern England, Sark was home to a wealth-storing, sophisticated people, four millennia ago.

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c. 1300 BC


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