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3,000 year-old bracelet found in Tyrone field[Northern Ireland]
Belfast Telegraph ^ | 16 Apr 2009 | Belfast Telegraph

Posted on 04/20/2009 10:14:52 AM PDT by BGHater

A County Tyrone family could be in line for a reward after finding a rare Bronze Age gold bracelet on their land.

Farmer Gary Sproule accidentally unearthed the precious artefact while ploughing over a field at Castlegore near Castlederg last April. The intricate item is believed to date from almost 1,000 years before the birth of Christ.

An inquest was held yesterday in Belfast at which the item, which would have belonged to an important warrior or priest, was officially classified as treasure.

Under the law, a ‘treasure trove’ inquest must be held by the coroner to determine the significance of such finds. The finder of the item, as well as the landowner, are often then entitled to a discretionary reward.

Speaking after the inquest, Mr Sproule said he was pleased that the bracelet had been dealt with through official channels.

“I can’t believe something like this has been in the ground all this time,” he said. “Three generations of my family have lived here. It’s hard to believe the last time this land was ploughed was when my ancestors were using smaller ploughs or even horses.

“When I saw it I knew it had to be something special. It looked extremely old but it was in amazing condition. I couldn’t believe that it hadn’t been damaged, as it’s about 3,000 years old. It’s amazing to think that there were Bronze Age settlers right here on my doorstep.”

His wife Valerie said the family had been “blessed” to find such a rare object. “It’s not every day you can say you found a piece of Bronze Age history in your back field,” she said. “It’s important for Irish history that we uncover these treasures and I’m just delighted it was found after all this time.”

Expert witness Richard Warner, a former archaeologist at the Ulster Museum, said that although a detailed analysis of the bracelet had not been carried out, similar objects have been found to contain 80% gold and 15% silver.

“It would have been owned by a wealthy person, possibly a priest, a high ranking warrior or tribal chieftain,” he said.

Mr Sherrard described the bracelet as a “remarkable find” and urged anyone else finding such items to ensure that they are reported to the authorities.

According to the National Museum of Ireland, a similar piece dating between 900-700BC was found around 300 years ago in Killymoon, Co Tyrone, although unlike the find at Killymoon, which was a plain design, this recent discovery is highly decorative.

The Coroner also ruled yesterday that a separate find of a gold Bronze Age purse or ‘bulla’ should be considered a treasure.

The item, which is around the size of a 50 pence piece and dates from 950 to 800 BC, was discovered by Bangor man Glen McCamley, using a metal detector on land belonging to farmer John Kennedy at Inch in Downpatrick.

This gold Bronze Age purse, found at Inch in Downpatrick, was also ruled to be a treasure by the coroner yesterday

Garrison, baby Poppy and Timothy Sproule with the Bronze Age bracelet found on the family?s farm


TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: bracelet; bronzeage; godsgravesglyphs; metaldetecting; northernireland

1 posted on 04/20/2009 10:14:53 AM PDT by BGHater
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To: SunkenCiv

Bling ping. Perhaps it was one of Cúchulainn’s.


2 posted on 04/20/2009 10:15:33 AM PDT by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: BGHater

That’s where the damn thing went. Thanks. Send it back and I’ll give you a $10 reward.


3 posted on 04/20/2009 10:16:44 AM PDT by BlueStateBlues (Blue State for business, Red State at heart.........2012--can't come soon enough.)
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4 posted on 04/20/2009 10:21:50 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: BGHater

The gold purse is curious. How would such a thing work? Does it open somehow? Any more pictures of it?


5 posted on 04/20/2009 10:25:05 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: BGHater

“The finder of the item, as well as the landowner, are often then entitled to a discretionary reward.”

Note to self: If you find an artifact on you land, melt it down or it will be confiscated.


6 posted on 04/20/2009 10:25:27 AM PDT by Born to Conserve
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To: BGHater

Bump for later reading.


7 posted on 04/20/2009 10:31:38 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: BGHater

The original owner has been located.

8 posted on 04/20/2009 10:35:04 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: BGHater

The original owner has been located.

9 posted on 04/20/2009 10:35:10 AM PDT by central_va (Co. C, 15th Va., Patrick Henry Rifles-The boys of Hanover Co.)
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To: BGHater

“How the Irish Saved Civilization” ping.


10 posted on 04/20/2009 10:36:25 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: BGHater

11 posted on 04/20/2009 11:00:11 AM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: BGHater

More likely Joan Rivers’


12 posted on 04/20/2009 11:18:47 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution - 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: BGHater

This is a cool story. I like the looks of Baby Poppy, who seems suitably impressed.


13 posted on 04/20/2009 11:33:36 AM PDT by malkee (Actually I'm an ex-smoker--two and a half years-- But I think about it every day.)
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To: BGHater

I suppose the British government will be confiscating it for a pittance, as usual.


14 posted on 04/20/2009 11:35:43 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: BGHater; Bernard Marx

goldsmith ping


15 posted on 04/20/2009 11:54:24 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . John Galt hell !...... where is Francisco dÂ’Anconia)
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To: BGHater

Nice bracelet, but those children are the real treasure of that family. They are so beautiful!


16 posted on 04/20/2009 12:32:23 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: bert

Thanks for the ping bert. I’m fascinated by ancient gold-working techniques. Our ancestors had amazing knowledge and skills.


17 posted on 04/20/2009 2:23:34 PM PDT by Bernard Marx (Free California from public employee union rule!)
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To: BGHater

It’s a torque, not a “bracelet”.


18 posted on 04/20/2009 4:18:22 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us&q=celtic+torque&um=1&ie=UTF-8&ei=cQLtSbnACo6gMtO4yQI&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&resnum=4&ct=title


19 posted on 04/20/2009 4:19:24 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Salamander

Thanks!


20 posted on 04/20/2009 7:04:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SunkenCiv

Slobber-worthy, aren’t they?

[oh, to be filthy rich]....:)


21 posted on 04/20/2009 7:13:49 PM PDT by Salamander (Like acid and oil on a madman's face, reason tends to fly away.......)
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To: Salamander

I could adjust to being rich. :’)


22 posted on 04/20/2009 8:36:19 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/____________________ Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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