Keys to the Past

Gilmonby Hoard, Bowes (Gilmonby)

A hoard of late Bronze Age metalwork was found near Plover Hall, Gilmonby in 1980. Over twenty-seven bronze axes, thirty-seven spearheads, fourteenswords, tools, parts of a cauldron, ornaments, nine copper ingots and several pieces of Iron. It was probably buried between 1000BC to 800BC. A hoard such as this may have been buried for religious reasons, possibly as an offering to the gods.

Reference number:D2061
Historical period: Early Bronze Age (2600BC to 1600BC)
Late Bronze Age (1200BC to 700BC)
Event(s):Excavation of the area around the Gilmonby Hoard, Gilmonby 1980 - 1983; Antiquities Department, The Bowes Museum



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