4,000-Years-Old Gold Bracelet Found in Yorkshire Potato Field

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Trevor Sherwood, a metal detector enthusiast, had a great day on August 28, 2016. In the county of Yorkshire, England, he was enjoying his favorite hobby of metal detecting in a potato field when he stumbled upon an early Bronze age piece of jewelry.

The armlet is believed to be approximately 4,000 years old, dating back to the years 1900 to 2100 BCE. Weighing 13.85 grams, this beauty was discovered 18 inches deep in the field. Mr. Sherwood was amazed as he had never found anything other than a few Roman coins and some antique farm equipment.

The armlet is 82-83% gold, 14-16% silver and 1.5-2% copper. Unfortunately, after all these years, it wasn’t in perfect condition as it had been distorted from ploughing and soil pressure.

“I couldn’t believe it when he knocked on the door with it,” said farmer and neighbor Andy Watson to the Yorkshire Post. “It’s as light as a feather.”

Watson also believes it was a beautiful bracelet meant for a woman and has encouraged Sherwood to continue his search because most likely she wasn’t wearing just one piece of the jewelry. Mr. Sherwood and Mr. Watson have an agreement that they will share whatever he finds.

The hopes are that it will be placed in a local museum.