Ingot fragment

A hoard of seven fragments of Bronze Age copper alloy ingots which date to around 3000 years ago. Ingots such as these were cast in a dish-shaped mould and are flat on one side and rounded on the other - they are often referred to as ‘bun’ ingots because of their shape. Ingots of raw metal were transported and traded around Britain and Europe during the late Bronze Age. They were broken up into fragments like these to make it easier to melt them for casting into tools and weapons.
Analysis of ingots, such as these, has the potential to tell us more about patterns of trade and exchange in Bronze Age Europe.
These ingot fragments were found by Mr Tony Farrington using a metal-detector with the permission of Clinton Devon Estates. Clinton Devon Estates have donated them to RAMM.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Tony Farrington
copper alloy
Common Name
ingot fragment
Simple Name
Period Classification
Bronze Age (2600-700 BC); Late Bronze Age (1200-700 BC)
Production Year Low
Production Year High

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ingot fragment