The Crow Down Hoard

Contributed by West Berkshire Museum

Bronze Age Gold Bracelets and Armlets, found in Lambourn, West Berkshire © West Berkshire Museum

The only pre-historic gold items found in BerkshireThe Crow Down hoard consists of five gold items designed for personal adornment. Three of these are plain undecorated bracelets and two are more elaborately designed armlets. They date to the Bronze Age, around 1200 BC and they are the only prehistoric gold items found in Berkshire.

The more elaborate items demonstrate the skill of craftsmen at this time.
Found in Lambourn during a metal-detecting rally, the hoard was declared Treasure in 2005 and acquired by West Berkshire Museum with grant aid.

Objects of high status, including gold items of this type, would have been highly sought after. Their distribution shows trade links across northern Europe. Whilst it is not clear where these objects were made, the gold was probably sourced from Ireland.

Not far from the find spot is the Ridgeway, now recognised as a strategic route from prehistoric times onwards.

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