WALES: Hoard 'Finest Find' Bronze Age Gold 'Best Dug Up in Years' Say Experts

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Byline: By STEVE BAGNALL

A BRONZE Age treasure trove unearthed by metal detectors in North Wales has been declared one of the finest treasure finds in recent years.

The Burton Hoard, discovered near Rossett, Wrexham, is featured on the front page of the Government's latest Treasure Annual Report.

The collection of 14 gold, bronze and ancient pottery adornments and tools was the biggest find in Wales in 2004.

And with a valuation of pounds 85,000 the hoard was second only to another Bronze Age discovery in Lambourn, Berkshire, in 2004 of two armlets and three bracelets - valued at pounds 100,000.

The report, prepared for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, said the Burton Hoard was an exceptional discovery.

"This is an exceptional and extremely varied group of gold adornments and bronze tools representing one of the most important gold-bronze associations of the Penard phase of the Middle Bronze Age in Britain," it said.

"At this time, a distinctive tradition involving the skilled twisting of gold torcs, worn as neck ornaments or armlets, emerged and flourished across Atlantic Europe.

"This was complemented by new found soldering and spiralling decorative techniques, witnessed here on the twisted wire bracelet and the composite necklace pendant.

"These are extremely rare forms, the bracelet only finding parallel with a ring and neck ornament in the Saint-Marc-le-Blanc Hoard (Ille-et-Vilaine, France). …