The Bronze Age

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The Bronze Age in Britain is the period of prehistory between about 2,500 and about 800 BC which is characterised by the making and use of tools, utensils and weapons of bronze. Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin. In the Wiltshire area the Bronze Age is the period when the great megalithic monuments -Stonehenge and Avebury- and the big conical mounds at Silbury, Marden  and Marlborough were made.

Some of the features in the landscape of the upland area of the Bradford Hundred that were brought to light by the Museum’s LiDAR survey probably date back to the Bronze Age.

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Jugs Grave Bronze Age beakerAn Early Bronze Age beaker pot from Jugs Grave barrow, Inwood, Monkton Farleigh, a pot that accompanied the bones of a dead person. The burial mound was excavated by Bradford amateur archaeologist Guy Underwood in the 1940s. The fragments of the pot have been used in a reconstruction that is now in Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery.

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Bronze Age gold "sun disc"A gold “sun disc” -a thin disc of gold engraved with a design- was also found by Underwood in the Jugs Grave barrow. This is a photograph of a replica in Bristol Museum; the original has now gone to join other Bronze Age gold artifacts in the Wiltshire Museum, Devizes.

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Bronze Age barbed-and-tanged flint

This Bronze Age barbed-and-tanged arrowhead was found at  Woolley, on the outskirts of Bradford and is on display in the Museum. It was made from a chip of flint four thousand years ago, probably for use in hunting.

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Bronze Age tools and weapons made of bronze have been found in the area, including a bronze knife blade found in Wingfield in 2010, but unfortunately none has so far come to Bradford on Avon Museum. An Early Bronze Age flat axe and a palstave axe-head in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, Devon may have been found in the Bradford area.

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