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Gold Lunula, Early Bronze Age, St Merryn, Cornwall

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Gold Early Bronze Age lunula of provincial type, decorated with incised lines. It is identical to one found at Kerivoa and another from St Potan, Cotes-du-Nord, Brittany. All were made by the same craftsman using the same tools. Lunulae are neck ornaments made from a flat sheet of crescent shaped gold with oval or square shaped terminals. One of two lunulae found in a barrow at Harlyn Bay, St Merryn in 1864. They were discovered on the west side of the bay, near the cliff edge, by a labourer digging a pond on land owned by Mr Hellyar. Beaker Period, around 2300 BC - 2000 BC. TRURI : 1866.1.2

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Media ID 19011288

Date: 23rd May 2019

Image Size: 1022 x 863 Pixels

Filesize is 0.32MB

Associated Categories: European Archaeology

Keywords: assemblage, collar, crescent moon, gold, grave, lunalae, neck, necklace, ornament