Bronze Age pottery find in Jersey

3,000 year old pottery hoard Experts at Jersey Heritage said the vessel was an exciting discovery

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A rare Bronze Age pottery vessel, thought to contain tools and weapons, has been found in Jersey.

The vessel, which was found in Trinity, has been wrapped in bandages and tin foil and then sprayed with foam to make it safer and easier to transport.

One of the weapons identified inside is an axe, which experts say could have been used as both a tool and weapon.

The vessel is thought to be about 3,000 years old, but Jersey Heritage is not yet sure of its value.

It was found by metal detector enthusiast Ken Rive, a member of the Jersey metal detecting society, who said it was a once in a lifetime find and the first thing he had found in more than 20 years.

Bronze Age Britain

  • In about 2,000 BC, travellers from Europe began arriving in Britain with tools and weapons made from a previously unknown material - bronze
  • True bronze is a combination of 10% tin and 90% copper - both of which could be found in Britain
  • It meant these tools and weapons could be produced and traded across the island
  • The Bronze Age lasted about 1,500 years and also saw the introduction of textile production and more widespread agriculture

Source:BBC History

Huge find

Mr Rive said he hoped that under the first layer of tools gold would be found.

A hoard of mostly Celtic coins, estimated to be worth up to £10m, was discovered in a field in Grouville in June by two amateur metal detector enthusiasts.

Jersey Heritage is currently working to separate the coins.

Olga Finch, Curator of Archaeology at the Jersey Museum, said it was fantastic to find another late Bronze Age hoard.

She said it was a huge find and would give the museum a great idea of how people in Jersey lived 3,000 years ago.

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