Stonehenge gold

2 04 2015

Regular readers will know of my love of archaeology and especially stone circles (like my Avebury pieces).

Today I watched a documentary (‘Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath‘) about a new survey of the landscape around Stonehenge and was floored by a gold lozenge found in the area. Honest jaw-dropping moment.

Below are screenshots from the documentary …. it’s from a burial in what is named the ‘Bush Barrow’, is thought to be made in ~1900BC, and likely to have been worn on the chest pinned to cloth or as a pendant (it’s approx 15-18cm).

screen shot from documentary, part 2

screen shot from documentary, part 2

The accuracy of the incised decoration is astonishing.

screen shot from documentary, part 2

screen shot from documentary, part 2

You know … I saw this and immediately thought of David Neale’s work … I think because of the demonstration of a genuine and innate connection with the material … or something!

[ I did a little more online research and found an entry in the Wiltshire Museum for the whole Bush Barrow burial – fascinating objects, especially the miniscule gold studs; and there’s more detail about the lozenge. And of course, Wiki.
And this is the project page on the Birmingham University. ]


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