Cape Crusaders Win Relic's Return; Bronze Age Treasure to Go on Show Just 11 Miles from Spot Iitt Wwaass Ffoouunndd Iinn 11883333

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Cape Crusaders Win Relic's Return; Bronze Age Treasure to Go on Show Just 11 Miles from Spot Iitt Wwaass Ffoouunndd Iinn 11883333


Byline: HYWEL TREWYN

THE Mold Gold Cape is coming home and will be exhibited just over 11 miles from where it was found.

The cape is a unique ceremonial relic made around 3,700 years ago, during the Early Bronze Age. It will be exhibited in Wrexham and Cardiff this summer.

It was found by workmen in Mold in 1833 and later bought by the British Museum, where it is one of the most popular exhibits.

In recent years campaigners have tried to bring the cape home to Wales.

It is of the finest examples of prehistoric sheet and embossed-gold working in Europe.

Skillfully and carefully fashioned from a single sheet of thin gold, it is unique in design.

Recent research suggested the wearer of the cape, amber bead necklace and bronze knife may have been a woman.

British Museum director Neil MacGregor, said: "These precious objects show us that societies in Britain were not isolated but part of a larger European trade network, a web of trade and exchange from North Wales to Scandinavia."

Amgueddfa Cymru's David Anderson said: "Having one of Britain's most famous ancient artefacts and one of the most important European Bronze Age finds on display in Wales, where it was originally found, is a wonderful and unique opportunity for local people and visitors to enjoy and to find out more about their heritage. …

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