Thursday, June 25, 2015

Stonehenge Sun-disc on Display

One of the earliest known pieces of metalwork in Britain, found just a few miles from Stonehenge, has gone on display in public for the first time. The gold sun-disc, which was made about 4,500 years ago at around the same time the main circle of Stonehenge was erected, was discovered in a Bronze Age burial mound of a local chieftain.

Thought to represent the sun, the gold features a cross at the centre surrounded by a circle.
It was found in a burial mound at Monkton Farleigh in Wiltshire (20 miles from Stonehenge) in 1947.

Only six sun-discs have been found in Britain. They appear to have been made by beating gold into thin shapes that were then decorated with hammered motifs.