Needham, Stuart and Sheridan, J A (2014) Chalcolithic and Early Bronze Age goldwork from Britain: new finds and new perspectives. In: Metalle der Macht - Frühes Gold und Silber = Metals of power - Early gold and silversilver: 6. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag 6. Mitteldeutscher Archäologentag vom 17. bis 19. Oktober 2013 in Halle (Saale). Tagungen des Landesmuseums (11). Landesamt f. Denkmalpflege u. Archäologie Sachsen-Anhalt , Halle, Germany. ISBN 9783944507132

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Abstract

British Early Bronze Age gold has traditionally been dominated by the splendid antiquarian finds from Wessex.
This dominance is illusory, based on historically benevolent conditions of survival and preferential recovery
through antiquarian barrow digging. Recent decades have seen the steady rise of a range of Chalcolithic and
Early Bronze Age gold artefacts from a wide geographical spread; meanwhile, new finds within Wessex have
been at an all time low, the Amesbury Archer and his Companion being exceptions.
Our paper will draw attention to selected new finds and the significant re-dating of others to illustrate
crucial changes in perspective on the distribution and modes of utilisation of gold during the period. We will
also point to important compositional changes that question the past assumption that all early gold originated
in Ireland. Further questions will be asked of the value of defining a ‘Wessex’ goldworking tradition.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Papers from the 6th Archaeological Conference of Central Germany October 17–19, 2013 in Halle (Saale).
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Theme: Material culture: creation and use
Department: Scottish History and Archaeology (from 2012)
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Depositing User: Ross Anderson
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2014 15:59
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2014 15:59
URI: http://repository.nms.ac.uk/id/eprint/1292

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