CAN YOU HELP SAVE THE OLD­EST GOLD TREA­SURE IN ES­SEX

Essex Life - - COUNTY LIFE -

An an­cient trea­sure from the time when Stone­henge had just been built has been un­earthed in an Es­sex field – and Chelms­ford Mu­seum are ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic to help save it. In 2016, a me­tal de­tec­torist was search­ing a ploughed field in the Danbury area of Chelms­ford when his de­vice alerted him to me­tal nearby. Care­fully re­mov­ing the earth, he re­vealed some­thing bright in the dark soil: a rolledup strip of shin­ing gold. Like all gold and sil­ver finds in Eng­land and Wales which are thought to be over 300 years old, the curled strip was sent to the Bri­tish Mu­seum to be in­spected as ‘Trea­sure’. The spe­cial­ist who ex­am­ined it iden­ti­fied it as a di­a­dem made from 95% gold, dat­ing to the Bronze Age.

To buy and dis­play the di­a­dem, Chelms­ford Mu­seum must raise £3,000 by the end of Oc­to­ber. The Friends of Chelms­ford Mu­seum have al­ready gen­er­ously com­mit­ted £500 to the cause, but the mu­seum is ap­peal­ing to the pub­lic for the rest.

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