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A mace-head from near Stonehenge

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Some of the materials for the objects found in high status Bronze Age burials were exchanged over long distances. Gold may have been found naturally in streams and rivers or imported from Ireland. Copper probably came from the Great Orme mine in north Wales. Tin probably came from Devon or Cornwall. Jet came from Britain’s North Sea coast, in particular from Whitby. Amber was probably washed up on the North Sea coast or traded from the Baltic Sea.

Large gold lozenge

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A large sheet gold lozenge probably mounted on wood and sewn to clothing. It was also found in the Bush Barrow burial.

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Bronze dagger

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A bronze dagger, probably already 200 to 300 years old when buried. It was also found in the Bush Barrow burial.

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Copper dagger

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A long copper dagger made in Brittany. It was also found in the Bush Barrow burial.

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bronze_axe

A bronze axe head also found in the Bush Barrow burial.

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Women were also buried with objects of high status in the Early Bronze Age, suggesting they sometimes held powerful roles in society.


Amber beads

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See the amber beads and other objects buried with a woman in Golden Barrow, at Upton Lovell, not far from Stonehenge.

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Mold gold cape

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This cape, made from sheet gold and found in a barrow near Mold in Wales, is probably the most spectacular Bronze Age object found in Britain.

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A mace-head from near Stonehenge