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Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard

British Museum

British Museum

The Hoxne (pronounced 'Hoxon') hoard is the richest find of treasure from Roman Britain. Alongside the approximately 15,000 coins were many other precious objects, buried for safety at a time when Britain was passing out of Roman control.

Among these were gold jewellery, including six necklaces and three finger-rings, two of which were found threaded onto one of the chains. While the body-chain, necklaces and bracelets would all have been worn by women, the rings could have been worn by either sex. The chains were probably designed to be worn with pendants, but no pendants were hidden with the hoard. All three rings are well worn, and their gems have been deliberately removed, no doubt for re-setting in newer pieces of jewellery.

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  • Title: Gold jewellery from the Hoxne hoard
  • Physical Dimensions: Width: 16.00-22.00mm (internal); Width: 6.50mm (hoop); Length: 20.00mm (bezel); Width: 15.00mm (bezel); Weight: 11.50g
  • External Link: British Museum collection online
  • Registration number: 1994,0408.10
  • Place: Excavated/Findspot Hoxne
  • Period/culture: Romano-British
  • Material: gold
  • Copyright: Photo: © Trustees of the British Museum
  • Acquisition: Treasure Trove HM Treasury. With contribution from Art Fund. With contribution from National Heritage Memorial Fund. With contribution from British Museum Friends

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